Casa Terracota or also known as The house of the Flintstones is the biggest earthenware in the world. Measuring at 500m², this giant craft built by Octavio Mendoza located about 1.9km away from Plaza Mayor. Constructed by using the four elements – earth, water, fire and air, the architect hopes to promote a harmonies lifestyle with the surrounding environment and also raise awareness about the damages of modern construction to nature.
Octavio Mendoza, who’s passionate about clay sculpture, had built plenty of building and houses before the idea came to him in July 1999. It took him and several workers thirteen years to complete the project and used more than 400 tons of clay.
The shape and interior of the house are out of the world. It looks like a giant cake on the outside, and unique on the inside. It has bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, reading room and it’s completely habitable. It has electricity too, but I’m not sure about running water, because I didn’t turn the tap.
This unique orb-shaped skylight and the large window in the living room provide natural lighting in the house.
Most of the furniture in the house such as the beds, shelves, tables, kitchen counter, and the seats were all sculpted in clay.
Besides exploring the gorgeous interior, visitors can also walk on the roof and enjoy the beautiful scenic view of the surrounding area.
My opinion on this house: If I were to imagine extraterrestrial homes, this would be the one. This place is worth visiting, I loved it, and I enjoyed my time exploring this awesome house. It would be nice if I could have one like this to call home, or at least the opportunity to stay a night in this place.
Children (up to 12 years old): 5,000COP
Opening hours and day:
8:30am ~ 5:30pm
Monday to Sunday
Travel Date: 13th July 2019