Amidst the forest, interesting design has found a home. Now this is not your typical home nor is it made with typical materials but it is definitely a place that could not have been conjured up with the faintest of imaginations. Welcome the “Shell” a residence built by Japanese Architect (I know totally predictable b/c its creative) Kotaro Ide of Artehnic, located in Nagano Japan.
Completed in 2008 this large two- storey structure is the one of the things that is reminiscent of “Where Waldo” it stands out but still manages to create harmony by blending in with the surrounding landscape. A distinction of the spaces within the residence only seems to upgrade its quality; the house will be sheltered from the abuse of nature and in turn uses the environment to its advantage.
The vast increase and decrease in temperature makes it a harsh climate. As a result many of the homes in the area are experience gut rot (decay that occurs from underneath a home). Artehnic kept this in mind and built this concrete structure witch float above ground.
The exterior of the “Shell” (sounds so official) is enclosed in concrete finished with a white sealant that is in direct contrast with its green landscape. Deck wood is used to create the patio, with a full grown tree in its centre. Double glazed openings allow for unobstructed views of the great outdoors from within.
The inside of this home is an interior designers dream. Everything is custom made to fit the specifications of the structure. No wall straight and narrow as all curves as it follows the organic nature of the exterior. Cherry and oak are just some of the woods used throughout the home. The communal spaces have been stationed on the ground floor while the bedrooms are located on the upper level.
This is not a new endeavour for Kotaro Ide, nor will it be the last time we hear from someone with his talent. This magical urban lair is worth the walk amongst the trees. Say hi to a squirll or two maybe a bunny who knows what waits out there, but what I do know is you will find the “Shell”.
This one gets the seal of approval.