living dike
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 but cracks.

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.
Published on: 
2012
Architecture, Landscape Design
  • 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 but cracks.

    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.
  • roof level
  • ground level
  • Company / Firm Name: nodo17-architects/ Manuel Pérez Romero
    Country: Spain


    Project Name: LIVING-DIKE House
    Location of Site: Anaga, Tenerife. Canary Islands


    Design Team: Félix Toledo Lerín.
    Jaime Tarazona Lizarraga.
    Luis del Rey Cristobal.


    Model: nodo17_architects


    Project Type: Single Family House_
    Client: Private.


    Date of completion: (State- Executive projetct)