Living in caves is becoming increasingly trendy. The 104-meter-square Cuevas del Pino estate designed by UMMO Estudio was carefully built into calcarenite stone caves near Córdoba, Spain. The hollow geological formations found in the area were traditionally used as small shelters by wandering shepherds, but this one has been converted into a stunning modern home.
Located in the Sierra Morena foothills just outside of Córdoba, some of the unique rock formations that have stood for centuries are now being converted into rural housing or for public activities. For the Cuevas del Pino estate, the architects began by “sculpting” the layout in harmony with the existing rock wall formation. The spacious square footage then allowed the designers to create a warm and fluid living space.
Respecting the tectonic nature of the project from the beginning was a main focus of the design, according to the architects. Although some may have been tempted to use contrasting, ultra-modern materials, the designers relied on more natural elements to enhance the existing environment. Stone materials (concrete or marble) were used for the flooring, while timber furniture warms up the interior aesthetic. Glass windows and large doors open to the south to provide optimal natural light.
Images via Ignacio Amián and David Vico