Must-See: Casa Terracotta—A Home Made Entirely of Clay

Would you sleep in a bed made out of pottery?


Some architects dream of building a skyscraper while some want a sprawling mansion for their family. For Colombian architect Octavio Mendoza, it was about designing and constructing a house made entirely from baked earth. 

He started the project as a way of taking a creative risk and pushing the boundaries of the use of clay when building a habitable space. After almost 15 years of work, he takes pride in his masterpiece, Casa Terracotta ("Baked Earth House"), which he claims to be the largest piece of pottery in the world. 

There isn't a straight line in this one-of-a-kind home—it is made entirely from locally sourced mud and baked in sunlight. In fact, the people of Villa de Leyva describe it as a "curvaceous mushroom that's sprung from the ground" and call it the Flinstone House. 

Except for a few accents made out of recycled glass and steel, everything inside the house is made of peachy-red clay—from the furniture and lighting fixtures, to the sinks and beds—all are molded by hand.

Today, the multistory Casa Terracotta stands at 5, 400 square feet but the 65-year-old architect believes that it is still a work in progress. 

All photos from Eric Mohl via Atlas Obscura. To learn more about this project and to see more photos, you can read the full story here

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