Within the varied architecture of the dwelling, in the rural world we find cave-houses: dwellings excavated in the rock which could be simple, with a kitchen and a room, or more complex, with a greater number of rooms and even fireplaces. Among the latter we find the cave-house of José Antonio López, a resident of Balazote (Albacete). This house had several rooms that were enlarged according to the needs of the household. The façade, where small windows were located, was reinforced with buttresses, while the rest of the house could be varnished with insulating and waterproof materials. The kitchen had a large chimney to ventilate the entire architectural framework.
Project: 11. Science and culture as representation in Europe., 3. Rural world and urban world in the formation of the European identity.
Scope: Secondary Education, Baccalaureate, University
Resource type: Image
Source: Hernández López, C. (2013). La casa en La Mancha oriental. Arquitectura, familia y sociedad rural (1650-1850). Madrid: Sílex, pp. 415-416.
Owner: Pablo Ballesta Fernández (Modernalia)
Copyright: ©Carmen Hernández López ©Sílex ediciones S.L. © Archivo Histórico Provincial de Albacete
Abstract: Popular architecture. Plan of the cave-house with several rooms, by José Antonio López, in the village of Balazote (Albacete).Image