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. 

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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