In the heart of a protected olive grove, a new concept by TEST of ecological shelter is taking shape. Its appearance, the first in a proposed network, seamlessly blend into the surroundings, setting a new standard in unobtrusive design.
The project's ethos is grounded in minimal environmental impact. The designers have meticulously crafted the remaining structure to be virtually undetectable, preserving the natural beauty and integrity of the olive groves.
A key prime element of these local shelters is their innovative camouflage. The walls are treated with a blend of lime, water, and local earth, adopting the hues and textures of the natural landscape. Further enhancing this effect, the openings are ingeniously covered with metal sheets, meticulously embossed with stone patterns, mimicking the local geology.
The main chamber, extending over 9 by 30 feet, is the heart of the shelter. This space, while compact, is ingeniously designed to maximize efficiency and comfort. It connects to a network of underground galleries, which are not just structural elements but functional spaces for water, food, energy, and waste storage, embodying the principles of sustainable living.