Apparently not only artists and collectors adore the beauty of seashells. The perfect houses mother nature created for mollusks are inspiring modern architecture in some part of the world.
One example of such design is the contemporary Nautilus House designed by architect Javier Senosiain of “Arquitectura Organica” in Mexico City. It is fun to look at and walk through – it is a wonderful mix of science, architecture and art.
The house falls into the “organic’s” category. The category was also started by this architect. While making the house, he was inspired by the ocean and the house emphasizes the natural beauty of this sea creation, the shell.
Upon entry to the house, it look like a real nautilus shell, with a wall of colorful stained glass, while inside it casts multi-colored spots of light onto walls. But surprisingly, that’s still not the most unusual feature of the house.
Inside, a “grass” carpet contains a network of stone paths leading visitors to various rooms of the house. Amazing bathrooms surround you with the feeling that your are under water surrounded by sandy walls and corals. The curved bedroom shape looks inviting and natural. The house is made from steel carcase and concrete, making it earthquake proof and maintenance-free. I wish I can travel myself to see the place one day.
Another example of seashell architecture, if we can call it this, is found on Isla Mujeres, a tropical resort in Mexico. The house is named “Shell House”. You can even rent it for vacation. Have your ever imagined living inside a sea shell, taking a bath under a shell fountain or experienced the pleasure of waking with the ocean’s murmur and the gentle caress of the ocean’s breeze? This is very different ocean inspired architecture.