'shell house' by kotaro ide
dec 03, 2008
'shell house' by kotaro ide


the ‘shell house’ sits within the nagano prefecture of japan

the ‘shell house’ by architect kotaro ide, is a sculptural shell-like structure which has been built in the woods
of karuizawa, located in the nagano prefecture of japan. the house is meant to function as a vacation home,

which is able to withstand the humid summers and cold winters of the region. to accomplish this,
ide opted not to use the typical wood structure of villas in the area because of their susceptibility to decay easily.
instead, he used reinforced concrete to construct two elliptical shell forms which are supposed to represent
a conch.
from its profile, ‘shell house’ takes on a j-shape which is raised above the ground by 1400 mm resulting in the
‘floating’ masses. ulin wood is used to create terraces around the home with a courtyard into the centre
of the main living areas. the villa’s simple aesthetic lends itself well to the traditional japanese landscape,
creating a balance between the futuristic man-made structure and the environment which surrounds it.
the entire project took more than 18 months to realize and two and a half years to complete.


a view of the spiraling central courtyard which sits between the two elliptical masses


the j-shaped profile of the ‘shell house’


the concrete structure creates a continuous line from building to courtyard


a view of the serene forest which surrounds the home


the extruded conch shell form has windows on each end, providing panoramic views of the scenery which surrounds it


skylights allow natural light to flow through the interior from above

more
kotaro ide: http://www.artechnic.jp

  • WONDERFUL

    BB says:
  • It looks very frank Lloyd wright inspired, not so much shell as it is a piano (from up top), its still gorgeous, and I love that oneside has limited windows. I only wish that the in the second pic, that the white coming down were some sort of staircase to walk up on the roof…and have invisible glass for a railing so a not to compromise the roundness of the roof.

    kirk says:
  • CHOCO-ROLL HOUSE!

    zuart says:
  • senza parole…Archigenius !

    archigenius says:
  • despite it seems to be wonderful, I disagree with this type of architecture which projects from formal conditions. I prefer understand a house as a place to live, not as a place with a shell form.

    I think this house is good to see but dificult to live in.

    Sergi says:
  • how much? ;-)

    honestly, its freaking amazing.
    no doubt i would live there.

    taf says:
  • How do you block the sunlight? Beautiful design though. Rather like how the design works with the tree.

    Milkyojo says:
  • FANTASTIC, SENSUAL……..AMAIZING

    MARCO says:
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