“Casa Terracota” Colombia

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Whoever passes by Casa Terracota inevitably feels attracted and intrigued by the unconventional of its shapes, colors and textures, as well as its volume and its built areas. With the work in front, questions begin to emerge in the head: what is this place? What does it perform? Who does it belong to? What will it feel like to be inside or even live there?

 

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Apart from being the largest ceramic in the world,  Casa Terracota is a space located in Villa de Leyva (Boyacá, Colombia) where architecture and design merge, as well as other arts and crafts; since, from its origin and concept, the Colombian architect Octavio Mendoza Morales seeks to promote an alternative and harmonious lifestyle for both the individual and the community, as well as for the surrounding environment.

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Tell us, architect, in your words, what is Casa Terracota ?

Let’s see, basically, Terracotta Houseit is the symbol of my proposal: a construction project that-relying on the four elements (earth, air, water and fire) -converts the land into habitable architecture, while producing functional objects that participate in the cooking process as they transform in useful pieces for the daily life of space residents. Once the construction and burning steps have been completed, these elements are used as part of the finishes or are offered as products suitable for sale or barter, thus allowing owners to recover an important part of the investment made in the project. This makes the system a self-sustaining construction option, since it not only meets the housing needs of its inhabitants,

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In addition to the above, Casa Terracota is a space dedicated to architectural and artistic experimentation where, relying on these same four elements, alternative proposals for use and decoration of the spaces that make it up are generated, always having as a pillar the Be kind to the environment.

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That is why Casa Terracota collects and promotes the practice of different arts and crafts as languages ​​and life paths of all human beings; for this, it has also become the venue for workshops and / or private visits through which it shares its knowledge with all those interested in the subject.

the source : www.casaterracota.com

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The Casa Terracota: the largest ceramic in the world

It was the month of July 1999, when on a night of incessant rain that lashed the Boyacá town at Villa de Leyva, the architect Octavio Mendoza Morales, who is also an artist of clay sculpture, wondered why not mix architecture with art. Thus the most ingenious and daring idea of his life was born: baking a house using the same methods of potters to produce tableware, using earth to convert it into habitable architecture, the Casa Terracota.

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Located in the outskirts of the municipality of Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia, it is as big as a five-story building, its extension is 500 square meters and imposes itself in the middle of luxurious country houses and the green mountains that lead to the natural sanctuary of Iguaque. Its creator, who brought from a nearby place the first loads of clay, and as if it were a vase or any craft of clay, began to mold it from the bottom up, from the bases to the ceiling.

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Completed its main structure in October 2012, the Casa Terracota shows a philosophy of life, according to its creator: “The Casa Terracotta is the symbol of my proposal: a construction project that, relying on the four elements (earth, air, water and fire), converts the land into habitable architecture, while producing functional objects that participate in the baking process while they are transformed into useful pieces for the everyday lives of local residents. Once the construction and burning steps have been completed, these elements are used as part of the finishes or are offered as products suitable for sale or barter, thus allowing owners to recover an important part of the investment made in the project. This makes the system a self-sustaining construction option.”

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In addition to being the largest ceramic in the world, the Casa Terracota is a space where architecture and design merge, as well as other arts and crafts, since, from its origin and concept, the Colombian architect Octavio Mendoza Morales seeks to promote an alternative and harmonious lifestyle both for the individual and the community, and for the surrounding environment.

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the source : www.radioenciclopedia.cu

(Radio Enciclopedia station was created on November 7th, 1962 and ever since it has been among the most popular stations of the nation. It is significant its contribution to both the Cuban culture and the battle of ideas that has long been waged by our people on a daily basis. )

The Radio Enciclopedia station has also been a significant help given the cultural, scientific and spiritual knowledge it has spread.

4 thoughts on “ “Casa Terracota” Colombia

  1. I don’t want to live there, but I could stay for a few days, just for the terracota atmosphere and for taking some photographs…. Thank you, dear Colline, Love, nia

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