A Cozy Home Gets Carved Out of a Cave in Spain by UMMO Estudio

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This project from Córdoba in Spain could have been taken from a fairy-tale (or the Flintstones). It’s a residence that’s been built into the caves of Cuevas del Pino estate.

Such cave homes where traditionally used for farming and livestock. In more recent years they’ve seen a resurgence in popularity thanks to them being rehabilitated for use as contemporary homes.

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Project Details
Architects UMMO Estudio
Location Villarrubia, Córdoba, Spain
Area 104-square-meters
Year 2012
Photos David Vico

The restoration and redesign of this particular cave home was carried out by the Spanish architecture firm UMMO Estudio. Back in 2012, they overseen the transformation of an abandoned cave to a bright, airy, and unusual home.

The house is composed of 104-square-meters (1,119-square-feet) with most of it being set within the geological formation. The layout is split into several sections. The public living spaces being allocated towards the front, so as to introduce as much natural light as possible, while the more private rooms are found to the back (namely, the bedroom).

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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. – UMMO Estudio

UMMO haven’t shied away from their surroundings; rocky outcrops form the majority of walls and ceilings. In places, they’ve opted for a rendered, white-painted, finish. This helps to keep the living spaces from becoming too dark and dreary.

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From the entrance of the home you’ll be greeted by the kitchen, which is set both within the cave bounds and in a man-made extension. The kitchen leads through to an open plan dining and living room.

The bathroom is set within a long narrow strip of the home and flanks the dining area. The open plan layout continues through to the back of the home, where you’ll find the bedroom, hidden behind a corner.

Photos © David Vico

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