Shell House

Japanese architect Kotaro Ide designed this organic form for the hills of Nagano, Japan. Architecture is one of my favorite areas of design, but I have a limited descriptive vocabulary for it, so I am just going to go ahead and plagiarize from DesignBoom:

"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."

Like I said, limited vocab, but the exterior, the setting, and the courtyard are all very beautiful. The interior space was not a subject of the article.

1 comment:

KG said...

Every culture has their share of gifted designers and the Japanese are in the upper end of the spectrum. The Shell House is organic architecture much as any F.L. Wright design. The difference with this piece is that the technology advances made since Frank's time make possible designs like this and Frank Gehry's. All said, architects still are held in high esteem for designing structures with roofs that leak and filling them with furniture that photographs well but is ungodly uncomfortable to sit in.