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Cave House in Cordoba, Spain / UMMO Estudio

Cave House

Cave House was rehabilitated as rural dwelling by the architects Andrés Moreno and Manuel Murillo of UMMO Estudio. The house is located in the Cuevas del Pino estate in Villarrubia, Córdoba, Spain.

The Cuevas del Pino estate sits in the foothills of Sierra Morena, in calcarenite stone terrain arranged in slightly sloping strata that gives rise to various geological formations native to the area, among which are the caves that traditionally have been used for farming and livestock.

Cave House 1

Historically, the product of these hollows in the rock emerged when livestock watchmen used them as small shelters. Today they have been rehabilitated to form rural housing and accommodate new countryside activities.

Cave House 2

Both the pre-existing walls and the rock itself enclosed and defined an area of great spatial and material wealth, and for this reason, we decided to focus the intervention toward a fluid and continuous dialogue between those pre-existing conditions and the new architecture, always from a respectful position seeking proximity rather than direct contact.

living room, UMMO Estudio

Within this dialogue we have created a new spatial experience that manages to value the tectonic nature of the area through the use of new architectural elements: clean and quiet volumes, bright and ample spaces, use of stone materials for the flooring, such as concrete or marble, glass openings to the south to conjure natural light and handcrafted wooden furniture to give warmth to the cave house.

Architects: UMMO Estudio / Andrés Moreno, Manuel Murillo
Project: Cave House / Casa Tierra
Location: Villarrubia, Córdoba, Spain
Area 104.0 m2
Photography: David Vico

Cave House 4

dining room, UMMO Estudio

living room, UMMO Estudio

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home office, UMMO Estudio

bedroom, UMMO Estudio

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bathroom, UMMO Estudio

bathroom, UMMO Estudio

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