Interior Design 22·01·2020
Living in a prehistoric cave lifestyle
A former mine in Mexico has been converted into a family home with photocatalytic properties that improve the air quality.
A potent symbol of human evolution, in prehistoric times caves were used as homes by the first hominid communities. Recent studies show that one of the largest settlements of Neanderthals grew up in south western France some 175,000 years ago.
They used the galleries and stalactites in the area’s caverns to establish their communities.
A cutting-edge cave house
In much the same way as Homo neanderthalensis turned caves into homes, this home in Mexico has been built over a former mine, adding new architectural features to the existing rock structures.
The project by architects Amezcua Arquitectos and developers MM included redesigning the use and distribution of the spaces using a raw interior design concept based on natural wood and stone. This style uses layered textures, smudged colours and large slabs of aged wood to bring out the beauty of imperfection.
Retaining the original rock structure, the décor in this 70m2 home blends warm colours such as orange and brown with colder, more neutral tones (notably black and white in the bathroom and living room), while the furniture is mainly of untreated wood, complemented by iron lamps and walls that are raised from the original rock.
“The natural layers in the wall and floor tilesblend with a raw interior design that highlights the sustainable nature of the project”
Comprising four linked galleries and one closed off space, this cave house uses backlit ceilings to emphasise the porosity and irregular surfaces of the cave. The metal structures highlight the white of the KRION® K-Life compact mineral by Porcelanosa Group used to construct the tree-like form of the home’s central column.
Due to its flexibility, its resistance to temperature extremes, and the ease with which it can be cleaned and maintained, this material boosts the photocatalytic properties of this space. Following the application of KEAST technology, Krion K-Life is considered to be a photocatalytic material, helping to purify the air thanks to its low porosity and antibacterial properties.
A journey to the origins of civilization.