LIVING DIKE HOUSE
The living dike arises from themimesis, but not with the art as its final objective, but from inhabiting aspace which aim is imitating nature.
The principal nature reference arethe geological formations of the surroundings of Llano del Arrayan, such as basalticdikes. This basaltic dikes in Catalanes valley follow a northeast orientation.They are linear volcanic formations of basalts or phonolites that arise fromextrusions of the original magma.
The living-dike follows the sameorientation as the basaltic dikes of Catalanes. It´s a simple and lineal volumethat erosion has been piercing until it has created a cave in the inner part,leading to a living dike.
Are well known the climaticadvantages of cave houses, that because of its huge thermal inertia causesconstant temperatures all over the year. Another virtue of the cave house isits perfect capacity of camouflage in the environment.
In the same way the proposal sharesthe same aspiration, it pretends todisappear, by imitating an weathered rock coated by vegetation. The outercasing it´s covered by rocks of the surroundings, and not only the facades, butthe roofing also, it´s formed from irregular rocks through which the followingvegetation will grow: houseleek from Aeonium genus, that don´t need deep soilbut cracks.
The rocks needed for the roofingwill be provided from the excavation ofthe foundation. They would be placed on the roofing in irregular rows from Eastto West stacked like the ridge of a furrow separated one meter and a height of40 cm. The different vegetation will be placed on the sides and tops and in themiddle little stones and earth.
In order to reduce the visual impactas much as possible the dwelling will be placed next to the existing naturalslope and with a height similar to this.