The Truffle, Death Coast
Ensamble Studio 

The Truffle, Death Coast

Ensamble Studio 

The Truffle is a piece of nature built with earth, full of air. A space within a stone that sits on the ground and blends with the territory. It camouflages, by emulating the processes of mineral formation in its structure, and integrates with the environment, complying with its laws.

To build it a hole was made in the ground, piling up on its perimeter the topsoil removed to act as retaining dike without mechanical consistency. Then, the air was materialized by building a volume with hay bales and flooding the space between the earth and the built air to solidify it. The poured concrete wrapped the air and protected itself with the ground. Time passed and the earth was removed, unveiling an amorphous mass. The earth and the concrete exchanged their properties. A few cuts were made with quarry machinery to explore its core built with hay, now compressed by the hydrostatic pressure exerted by concrete on the flimsy vegetable structure. The calf Paulina arrived to empty the interior, enjoying 50 m3 of the nicest food, from which she nourished for a year. She had eaten the interior volume, and space appeared for the first time, restoring the architectural condition of The Truffle after having been a shelter for the animal and the vegetable mass for a long time...[+][+]

Arquitectos Architects
Ensamble Studio

Autor del proyecto Author of the project
Antón García-Abril

Equipo Team
Javier Cuesta (arquitecto técnico building engineer), Débora Mesa (arquitecta asociada associate architect), Ricardo Sanz (director de proyecto project manager)

Promotor Developer
Ensamble Studio

Constructora Construction company
Materia Inorgánica

Estructura Structure
Jesús Huerga

Instalaciones Mechanical engineering
Obradoiro Enxeñeiros

Empresas colaboradoras Collaborating companies
Galicorte (corte de hormigón concrete cut), Macías Derribos (excavación excavation), Suministros Zurich (marisco seafood), Ganadería Paulina (vaca cow), Francheteau (producción audiovisual audiovisual production)

Superficie construida Floor area
25 m²

Fotos Photos
Roland Halbe, Ensamble Studio, Iwan Baan