My name is Grant, I’m an architecture student from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and stayed at Finca La Tierra from May to August 2014. While at Finca La Tierra I gained experience at every stage of superadobe construction; from mixing the earth and lime to applying the final wall finishes.
It was great to get my hands dirty and be apart of transforming a mound of earth into a piece of architecture. For me the most captivating aspect of the domes is the interior spaces they create. The circular geometry and handcraft of the domes creates a serenity and balance unachievable by traditional construction techniques. Watching light stream in from the oculus and change with the time, weather, and season gives the space a connection to nature unlike anything else I’ve experienced.
The surrounding landscape of La Finca is as equally captivating. Some of my favorite memories involved mulberry picking in the countryside, stork watching, and hiking the nearby Sierra de Gredos. Despite its rural location, staying at Finca la Tierra feels like your traveling the world. During my stay I met people from five different continents and ate some of the best meals I’ve ever had.
There is a sense of place at La Finca that is unparalleled. Something about the house being composed of the earth that surrounds it, or the optimism and collaborative effort that resulted in its design. Staying at Finca La Tierra will give you reassurance in architecture, sustainability, and the human spirit while leaving you eager to return.