The Trufa (meaning "truffle" in English) is a piece of nature built with earth, concrete, hay, and eventually, a volume of air. Photographer Roland Halbe's holiday home in Spain by Anton García-Abril of Ensamble Studio, was cast in the earth of concrete over bales of hay that was eaten out of the space over the course of a year by Pauline the cow. What remained was an ambiguity between the natural and the built, a space full of air and rich texture colored by the earth. The newly formed enclosure was then fitted out with a open bath, sleeping platform and a sofa in clean and simple forms. With a subdued color palette, it creates a contemplative space for one to retreat with the only the quietness of the surrounding trees and ocean.
|The man-made rock was sliced smooth at either end and cut to fit in a window overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. (Photo by Roland Halbe via Dezeen)|
|Smooth concrete surfaces juxtapose with the heavy texture of the walls created by the hay bales. (Photo by Roland Halbe via Dezeen)|
|Pauline ate for a year starting out as a young calf and leaving as an adult weighing 300 kilos. (Photo by Roland Halbe via Dezeen)|