lumishell, the prefab peanut-shaped dwelling, provides living space in harsh environments

lumishell, the prefab peanut-shaped dwelling, provides living space in harsh environments

lumishell is a prefabricated dwelling designed to provide a comfortable cocoon habit in different, and potentially harsh, weather conditions. the project is a collaboration between luminene, a company that has developed curved, reversible sliding windows, and french architect christophe benichou. the team has designed the dwelling to sit in nature, providing panoramic views and creating an intimate relationship between interior and exterior spaces. 

lumishell utilizes lumicene’s reversible window concept to create a structure for harsh environments
image by christophe benichou / lumicene 



lumishell is wrapped in an aluminum shell which appears to fold and shrink, following the curve of the bean-like structure. the small-sized accommodation houses all the necessities: a living room, bedroom, thin kitchen, and bathroom. the company has already installed more than 1,300 of its lumicene windows on individual homes throughout france. lumicene and christophe benichou sought to create a human habitat that can extend the boundaries of comfortable living in harsh environments.

within the cocoon structure, all necessary amenities are provided 
image by christophe benichou / lumicene 



the structure itself is self-supporting, requiring only a flat surface capable of bearing its weight. in cooler climates, the structure captures solar energy via the curved glazed surfaces of its windows, while external blinds provide sun protection and cross ventilation in warmer weather. the designed could also include solar roof panels, rainwater recovery, and dry toilets, depending on the location

the large window walls open to create a seamless integration of interior and exterior space
image by christophe benichou / lumicene 

the small oasis provides breathtaking views of its surroundings
image by thibaut miossec / christophe benichou / lumicene

one of the main goals is to allow the inhabitants to feel a closeness with nature
image by thibaut miossec / christophe benichou / lumicene

the small space it utilized effectively, with two main relaxation spaces
image by thibaut miossec / christophe benichou / lumicene

the lumishell is pictured here in the bolivian salar de uyuni lunar salt desert 
image by christophe benichou / lumicene 




  • Perfect for my Colorado highcountry property.

    Joseph Marz
  • We invite you all to visit the Technical Details section of our website
    Lumishell is designed to provide both thermal and winter comfort, and its autonomy features (solar roof panels, rainwater recovery, eventual dry toilets etc) will depend on how remote its implantation sites will be.

    christophe benichou - lumishell
  • Where is the shade?! How is this a structure designed for harsh environments? Anyone that has been to burning man and similar desert environments that are shown in these images knows that this structure will be dust filled within a matter of hours and you will literary burn with the sun entering directly into these spaces.

  • What about the hard stuff like water, power, waste disposal, installation techniques?? I have been designing these kinds of structures for many years, and those are the most challenging things to deal with, especially in a harsh environment!

    michael jantzen
  • Hi all, you can send us your questions at [email protected] or on our website ! thanks. LumiShell team

    clement - lumishell
  • Allee, Kasey, please send us a quick email at contact(at) so that we can answer your questions ! LumiShell Team

  • I’m interested in adding 1 or 2 more of the circles to the structure. Is that feasible?

    Sherrie Arn
  • Could you please send me purchasing information. Thanks. Nell
    [email protected]

    Nell Steel
  • I live in Colorado high desert and would like to know more about this structure..thank you

    Kasey Hill
  • Please we’re they can be purchase and cost .I leave in North East Texas.


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