cow-lanes & oblique homes

Soon it’s time to celebrate the Chestnut Season: Magosto Festival; a rooted event in mountainous areas of Northern Spain (El Bierzo).

This peculiar region, mostly inhabited by agricultural-based elderly population, has also come up with the first Cow-Lane in Europe along its paved roads. Similar to sustainable bike-lanes, this eccentric initiative is supported by the European Union with 240,000 euro and will allow locals to easily take their cattle from village to village.

Remote settlements in this area are also popular for their historic traditional Palloza dwellings and their elevated Hórreo-style granaries. Aiming to keep a stable temperature inside, thick walls and thatched roofs in a Palloza provide a sort of sustainable shelter all along the severely changing climate conditions. A form of hybrid home, where circular stone houses used to lodge both people and cattle; the sloping inner floor was therefore basic to evacuate animals’ urine to the outside. Meanwhile, thousand-year-old Hórreos, also to be found in Scandinavia, are ventilated structures with free-standing stairs, so that rats cannot reach the stored food.

thanks, david!

[image1> Palloza in O Cebreiro by Chairego] [image2> section and floorplan of a traditional Palloza via cienladrillos] [image3> Hórreo in Galicia via wikipedia]

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