Volcano House

Posted on 15/03/2019 · Posted in Costa Teguise-Teguise News, Lanzarote News

César Manrique Foundation. Tahíche

César Manrique Foundation is headquartered in a spectacular dwelling designed by César Manrique himself upon his return from New York City, when he decided to locate permanently at Lanzarote.

This was his home for the 20 years running from 1968 to 1988, the longest he ever lived in a single place. It is sited in the midst of a lava coulee formed during the violent eruptions that rocked the island between 1730 and 1736. This 3 000 square metre building engages in constant dialogue with the natural surrounds on its 30 000-square metre lot and beyond: here, volcano and architecture blend in mutual respect.

The upper storey draws its inspiration from Lanzarote’s
traditional architecture, enhanced with modern functional elements such as wide
windows, large rooms and overhead lighting.

The lower storey is built around five natural volcanic
bubbles interconnected by tunnels excavated in the lava. They constitute a
surprisingly habitable setting and an exemplary intervention in a natural
space. The swimming pool, the small ballroom, the oven, the barbeque… are also
open to visitors, all surrounded by abundant plant life and the island’s
ubiquitous basalt. The room located just before the exit is the painter’s
former studio, today converted into an exhibition hall for paintings.

The landscaping around the house plays on the fascinating
contrast between the inorganic black lava, volcanic ash and “socos” (low wind
screens) on the one hand and fruit trees and other plants on the other.

Visitors to this house built in a sea of lava are guaranteed
a unique experience.


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holidays) from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM