Casa Terracota is located in Villa de Leyva – a mountain village 95 miles north of Bogota, Colombia, built by Colombian architect, Octavio Mendoza. The house is built entirely of clay and baked in the sun, not using steel, cement or other reinforced materials. The house is 5,400 ft2 (502 m2).
The two-story house with a sleeping area is fitted with beds, tables and chairs that are also made of local clay and baked in a kiln. There is a fully equipped kitchen such as dishes, jars, and jars all made of clay. The house uses solar panels to heat up, toilets and bathroom sinks are decorated with colorful mosaic tiles.
Mendoza, who spent most of her career designing houses, buildings and churches, called the clay house a ‘project for life’. It took him 14 years to build it. Mendoza’s goal, he said, is to demonstrate how land can be turned into habitable architecture.