Shell Residence

Architect: Kotaro Ide

Location: Karuizawa, Nagano , Japan

Year Bult: 2008

The sculptural shell structure was built in the forest of Karuizawa.
This large shell-shaped two-story becomes distinct from the surrounding caves and rocks, and clearly not a part of nature.



However, its organic shape looks thin in the forest, and the reinforced concrete structure becomes one and harmonizes with the landscape. The principles wanted a residence that will be occupied by a holiday home, with frequent visits and to be used for many years to come.


The architectural design of the interior of the residence follows the exterior form of the house, the walls are curved and have not been straightened. Instead characteristics and furniture inside the residence have been tailored to meet the design requirements of the original structure. The architects have paid attention to the details of design for comfort and performance level of the residence.


Whatever the design of the residence would have had to coexist with nature. “The existence of the structure depends on its ability to withstand nature.” A clear distinction of space [structure vs. nature] updates the quality of the residence as a shelter, the house will be protected from the character and use what nature has to offer. Moreover, with such a design the residence will be used often and integrate through its use with the surrounding environment.






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