Casa Terracota – Villa de Leyva, Colombia - Atlas Obscura

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Casa Terracota

This whimsical home made entirely from clay is basically a giant piece of pottery. 


A blend of architecture and art, Casa Terracota is an unusual, fantastical-looking cottage that lets visitors imagine what it would be like to live inside a giant piece of artisanal pottery.

Colombian architect Octavio Mendoza sculpted the 5,400-square-foot abode entirely from clay, using no other materials to support the two-story structure. He then let it bake and harden in the sun, which transformed the pliable clay into solid, sturdy ceramic. He refers to the home as the biggest piece of pottery in the world.

The shape of the house also reflects Mendoza’s natural approach to architecture. The walls slope and curve much like how the surrounding hills roll toward the horizon. The inside is airy and welcoming, with colorful tile mosaics adding vibrant pops of color to the baked, earthy walls.

Downstairs there are several rooms, a full working kitchen, and a dining room.  Several bedrooms and bathrooms, one of which is hidden and holds a raised bed perfect for kids. Upstairs there is a master suite and additional lounging areas, along with access to the upstairs patio. All the furniture is made out of clay, with no exceptions.

Know Before You Go

Casa Terracota can be reached in 10 minutes by car or 30 minutes on foot from the Plaza Central. Take the road that heads to Santa Sofia, pass a soccer field, and after a small bridge, take a small unpaved road to the right. Travel roughly three minutes and you'll see Casa Terracota on the right side of the road.

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