From the sea to the forest with Shell (Japan): A shell-shaped structure made of wood

From the sea to the forest with Shell (Japan): A shell-shaped structure made of wood

16 October, 2015

As a fugitive from its natural habitat, the sea, this shell-shaped wooden shelter rests in mid-forest as a one-of-a kind type structure. The precise location of Shell turns out to be the green forests of Karuizawa in Japan, where one can find great contrast with the tree-covered landscape full of  big rocks and caves. When...

As a fugitive from its natural habitat, the sea, this shell-shaped wooden shelter rests in mid-forest as a one-of-a kind type structure. The precise location of Shell turns out to be the green forests of Karuizawa in Japan, where one can find great contrast with the tree-covered landscape full of  big rocks and caves.

When anyone looks down on this architectural gem from above, it seems as if they had looked down on it from an abandoned spaceship. Nevertheless, its designers, the members of the Japanese Artechnic arquitectos studio managed Shell in order to blend into the environment and be closely resembled to nature because of the masterful use of wood in all parts of the structure as well as the integration of the trees in its inside. If we take a walk around the structure’s central patio area, we can see a Silver Fir tree that surfaces helpless from the ground like an ornamental element, around which everything architectonic turns as one.

Shell’s appearance from the outside reveals a double structure in an oval like shape.  As well as the wood, the one which can be seen in the floors, ceilings and stairs, the glass also takes precedence. Both facades of the oval like shell are see-through, so from whatever part of the house you may find yourself, there is always instant contact with nature.

Shell Wood Architecture

Shell’s dynamism is evident in the interior design, featuring both endless and curved lines. In fact, there is not one single room with straight and uniform ceilings, furthermore, there are no straight lines on the floors either. The windows are round and are located on the roof, designed with seeing the stars in mind.

A spectacular design with structure and wooden furniture, furthermore, it is able to avoid problems in relation to moisture since it is slightly suspended above the floor. Definitely, a place to get lost in if you set out on an exotic journey to the land of the rising sun.

Shell Wood Architecture

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