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Cesar Manrique’s Gorgeous Subterranean Home Was Carved From Lava Rock

Posted By Lori Zimmer On November 8, 2012 @ 2:08 pm In Architecture,Green Building,Green Materials,Innovation | No Comments

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Back in 1730, Lanzarote experienced the world’s longest volcanic eruption, which lasted six years. A quarter of the island was submerged in lava, and has since formed the unique volcanic landscape [2] that drew Manrique to the island as a child in the 1920s. Because of his love for the island, Manrique helped to prevent it from being overrun by touristic high rise hotels, advocating a law that no building could be higher than a palm tree, as well as other ecological practices that were adopted into the native way of life.

His amazing underground home [3] is a tribute to both the beautiful island and his love for creating art. An underground palm tree top can be seen sprouting through a natural volcanic hole that leads to a red and white 1970s style lounge below.

Other rooms are built into the natural volcanic “bubbles,” which have formed rounded antechambers [4] perfect for comfy cushioned benches and sitting areas. Each is naturally lit from the where the lava bubble burst above, creating a natural skylight. Outside a sunken garden occupies another bubble, near the pool that is fed with a natural spring.

Manrique was ahead of his time, a visionary in expertly combining the beauty of the natural landscape with sustainable design for living.

+ Cesar Manrique Foundation [5]

Images ©Kent Wang [6], ©Mon Labiaga Ferrer [7], ©Terry Wha [8], ©tribaldo [9]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/cesar-manriques-gorgeous-subterranean-home-was-carved-from-lava-rock/cesar-manrique-volcano-housebig-ashb1/

[2] unique volcanic landscape: http://inhabitat.com/spectacular-handbuilt-home-blossoms-out-of-coastal-rocks-in-spanish-canary-islands/

[3] amazing underground home: http://inhabitat.com/6-awesome-caves-to-call-home/

[4] rounded antechambers: http://inhabitat.com/1000-year-old-monks-quarters-restored-as-luxurious-cave-hotel/

[5] + Cesar Manrique Foundation: http://www.cesarmanrique.com/fundacion_i.htm

[6] Kent Wang: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kentwang/

[7] Mon Labiaga Ferrer: http://www.flickr.com/photos/montse/

[8] Terry Wha: http://www.flickr.com/photos/terry_wha/

[9] tribaldo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tribaldo/

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