LIVING DIKE HOUSE
The living dike arises from the
mimesis, but not with the art as its final objective, but from inhabiting a
space which aim is imitating nature.
The principal nature reference are
the geological formations of the surroundings of Llano del Arrayan, such as basaltic
dikes. This basaltic dikes in Catalanes valley follow a northeast orientation.
They are linear volcanic formations of basalts or phonolites that arise from
extrusions of the original magma.
The living-dike follows the same
orientation as the basaltic dikes of Catalanes. It´s a simple and lineal volume
that erosion has been piercing until it has created a cave in the inner part,
leading to a living dike.
Are well known the climatic
advantages of cave houses, that because of its huge thermal inertia causes
constant temperatures all over the year. Another virtue of the cave house is
its perfect capacity of camouflage in the environment.
In the same way the proposal shares
the same aspiration, it pretends to
disappear, by imitating an weathered rock coated by vegetation. The outer
casing it´s covered by rocks of the surroundings, and not only the facades, but
the roofing also, it´s formed from irregular rocks through which the following
vegetation will grow: houseleek from Aeonium genus, that don´t need deep soil
The rocks needed for the roofing
will be provided from the excavation of
the foundation. They would be placed on the roofing in irregular rows from East
to West stacked like the ridge of a furrow separated one meter and a height of
40 cm. The different vegetation will be placed on the sides and tops and in the
middle little stones and earth.
In order to reduce the visual impact
as much as possible the dwelling will be placed next to the existing natural
slope and with a height similar to this.