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Spectacular Handbuilt Home Blossoms Out of Coastal Rocks in Spanish Canary Islands

Posted By Diane Pham On September 19, 2011 @ 12:55 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery | 2 Comments

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We’ve reported on homes built into cliffs and caves before, but it’s not often that we see such a simple take that forgoes the use of heavy-duty machinery for traditional hand-building [7]techniques. While most of coastal Spain is dotted with modern condos and brick and mortar construction, these humble cottages use craggy promontories and volcanic caves for their structural base. Despite their austere nature they still offer spectacular views over the sparkling ocean, which is literally just a few feet away.

The home featured here, photographed by Knechtel [6], is a wood construction that is used as a retreat by its owners during the hot summer months. The area is primarily made up of solid rock, but this material helps regulate the home’s interior temperature – particularly in the summer when it keeps things cool for residents. The full integration of the natural landscape also makes for stunning, natural interior decor – in some instances walls are white washed to open the space, and in others the rock is left untreated.

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Special touches, such as DIY [5] surfboard benches and paintings, and conveniences such as a television and microwave make the city-to-seaside life transition seamless. While there isn’t much sand to be found in the area, it’s a perfect place for sunbathing, strolling, hiking and community gatherings on the cliffs.

+ Dwell [8]

+ Gunnar Knechtel Photography [6]


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[3] Spanish Canary Islands : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canary_Islands

[4] Dwell: http://www.dwell.com/articles/on-the-rocks.html

[5] DIY sustainability: http://www.inhabitat.com/diy

[6] Gunnar Knechtel : http://www.gunnarknechtel.com/

[7] hand-building : http://inhabitat.com/giant-timber-tower-rises-out-of-the-czech-countryside/

[8] + Dwell: http://www.dwell.com/articles/On-The-Rocks.html

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