Join me at Casa Terracota – a 5,400 square-foot two-story home made entirely of clay – which makes this home the world’s largest single piece of pottery! You can also watch and share this video on Facebook and YouTube.
The home’s architect, Octavio Mendoza, built the home one layer at a time over the course of 15 years, letting each layer bake and harden in the sun before moving onto the next, using no other materials to support the two-story structure.
Everything is made of clay from the walls and the stairs to the beds and the bathrooms.
Bright tile mosaics add color to the baked earthy walls which slope and curve like the surrounding hills so that the home blends in with the horizon.
Mendoza believes that inhabiting a place means not only occupying its interior spaces but also creating a harmonious coexistence between the people, the building, and the earth around it.
Casa Terracota is open to the public for tours. It’s located just a few minutes away from the Main Square in Villa de Leyva by taxi, or 20 minutes on foot. Click here for directions via Google Maps.
It’s definitely one of the most unusual and impressive homes, and pieces of pottery, I’ve ever seen!
Do you love unusual homes?
Me too! You should also check out the videos I made about The House Made of Bottles in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, The Most Beautiful Stone House In The World in Envigado, Colombia, and The House That Won’t Die in North Carolina.
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