Shell House

April 12th, 2010

shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken
This is a remarkable house built in the woods of Karuizawa, Japan and designed by Kotaro Ide. The house is a vacation home (if only they rented this thing out) and was designed to withstand the seasonal hardships. The name, Shell House, is derived from the elliptical shell/wrapper forms which subtly represent a mollusk.

The best part about this house is the woodwork and how the structure meets with the cement all around the house. Speaking of the cement, don’t those wall transitions look awfully nice to skateboard on?


shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken

Posted by on 04/12/10 in Architecture, Interior design

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  1. Where is this located?

  2. This house is in the woods of Karuizawa, Japan which is part of the Nagano district.

  3. Raoul says:

    Absolutely marvelous! This is the kind of architecture that just makes you happy. Nice post.

  4. Michael says:

    I want to visit this amazing piece of architecture, because I want to session the entrance with my blades brah!

    hhaha Looks so fun. I love this place though!

    good post!

  5. NAVIS says:

    I’m in love.

    But imagine flying over a city like LA and all the houses/apartments were like that. Trippy.

  6. That is a good point. It would seem as if all of the houses were all shells and had just washed ashore. That could be quite an amazing exhibit or creative display to see from the sky.

  7. david dudas says:

    that’s one sweet ass house i would love to live in :)

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  9. HA it doesn’t matter what country or hemisphere it is, these insanely beautiful houses are ALWAYS, almost without exception, nestled in some completely random corner of the woods somewhere in the middle of nowhere. That’s fine by me, the peace and quiet must be nice.

  10. [...] basement, I can really appreciate what was done with this house. Ever since coming across previous houses with transition-like walls I’ve really wished someone would progress an interiors design [...]

  11. ric says:

    great place for a party! (third pic from the bottom)

  12. cecelia says:

    I want to live here!
    I am in Love with this home! WOW


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