Truffles are tiny little candies that pack a sweet surprise, so it would make sense that the Truffle House would fall right in line with that notion. There is much more than meets the eye on this tiny little abode in Laxe, Spain.
The team at Ensamble Studio created the project by developing a rough concrete exterior that was left for years to fend against natural elements before it was hollowed out, and eventually turned into a home. The residence features only the bare necessities including a bed, sink, shower, and small kitchenette. The development process behind the Truffle House is truly amazing.
Ensamble Studio describes the construction process.
“The Truffle is a piece of nature built with earth, full of air. A space within a stone that sits on the ground and blends with the territory. It camouflages, by emulating the processes of mineral formation in its structure, and integrates with the natural environment, complying with its laws.
To build it, we made a hole in the ground, piling up on its perimeter the topsoil removed, and we obtained a retaining dike without mechanical consistency. Then, we materialized the air building a volume with hay bales and flooded the space between the earth and the built air to solidify it. The poured mass concrete wrapped the air and protected itself with the ground. Time passed and we removed the earth discovering an amorphous mass.
We made a few cuts using quarry machinery to explore its core and discovered its mass inside built with hay, now compressed by the hydrostatic pressure exerted by concrete on the flimsy vegetable structure. To empty the interior, the calf Paulina arrived, and enjoyed the 50m3 of the nicest food, from which she nourished for a year until she left her habitat, already as an adult and weighing 300 kilos. She had eaten the interior volume, and space appeared for the first time, restoring the architectural condition of the truffle after having been a shelter for the animal and the vegetable mass for a long time.”