The Truffle
Ensamble Studio
Costa da Morte, A Coruña

Architecture caught Ensamble Studio by surprise when, during the construction of The Truffle, a space midway between the architectural and the natural was discovered inside an artificial stone. A fragment of nature built with earth, and filled with air. It camouflages itself by emulating the mineral formation processes in its structure, and blends with the natural environment by submitting to its laws. The building system used is a two-way process between the texture and color that earth gives concrete, and the strength concrete provides. The first step was to build a dike on the site, functioning as a retaining wall throughout the process. Later on hay bales were piled up considering the negative space pursued. While the layers increased concrete was poured, wrapping the volume and protecting the ensemble with earth, until it settled completely. 

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© Roland Halbe
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The calf Paulina arrived to empty the interior, feeding from it for a year until she left her habitat, already as an adult weighing 300 kilos. 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 vegetal mass for a long time. This space shows a thick materiality, the result of the pressure of concrete against the fragile vegetal infill. The formless texture of the exterior contrasts with the free-flowing ceiling, which melds with the framed view of the Atlantic Ocean through the main opening in the room.

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© Roland Halbe
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© Roland Halbe
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© Ensamble Studio
The Truffle
Ensamble Studio
Costa da Morte, A Coruña

Architecture caught Ensamble Studio by surprise when, during the construction of The Truffle, a space midway between the architectural and the natural was discovered inside an artificial stone. A fragment of nature built with earth, and filled with air. It camouflages itself by emulating the mineral formation processes in its structure, and blends with the natural environment by submitting to its laws. The building system used is a two-way process between the texture and color that earth gives concrete, and the strength concrete provides. The first step was to build a dike on the site, functioning as a retaining wall throughout the process. Later on hay bales were piled up considering the negative space pursued. While the layers increased concrete was poured, wrapping the volume and protecting the ensemble with earth, until it settled completely. 

The Truffle  - 2 001 60
© Roland Halbe
The Truffle  - 002 62
© Ensamble Studio
The Truffle  - 003 64
© Ensamble Studio
The Truffle  - 004 66
© Ensamble Studio
The Truffle  - 005 68
© Ensamble Studio
The Truffle  - 006 70
© Ensamble Studio
The Truffle  - 007 72
© Ensamble Studio

The calf Paulina arrived to empty the interior, feeding from it for a year until she left her habitat, already as an adult weighing 300 kilos. 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 vegetal mass for a long time. This space shows a thick materiality, the result of the pressure of concrete against the fragile vegetal infill. The formless texture of the exterior contrasts with the free-flowing ceiling, which melds with the framed view of the Atlantic Ocean through the main opening in the room.

The Truffle  - 4 010 74
The Truffle  - 5 011 76
The Truffle  - 4 012 78
The Truffle  - 7 013 80
© Ensamble Studio
The Truffle  - 3 014 82
© Roland Halbe
The Truffle  - 1 017 84
© Roland Halbe
The Truffle  - 018 86
© Roland Halbe
The Truffle  - 1 008 88
© Ensamble Studio

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