The Shell House : Kotaro Ide, The Japanese Ecologist...
The Shell House
Kotaro Ide, The Japanese Ecologist...
K.I., January 29, 2018
Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


THE HOUSE OF THE WEEK

«A large shell shaped structure finds itself in the middle of the woods. It is hard to determine what exactly the structure is, and unlike the surrounding caves and rocks, it clearly is not a part of nature – nor is it a ruin. A frame, a shape, made at a completely different place for a completely different purpose. Within this shell shaped structure will one find floors constructed, wall separating spaces, and rooms furnished. The scenery conjures a SF film-like image, in which locals inhabit over an abandoned spacecraft. With time, trees start to grow encircling the spacecraft, harmonizing it into the landscape…»


Kotaro Ide




Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


The unique Architecture, ‘Shell House’ was designed by Kotaro Ide - ARTechnic Architects - is a sculptural large shell shaped structure that built in the woods of Karuizawa, located in Kitasaku, Nagano, Japan. This house, two-storey, concrete building comprises two tubes with oval sections is meant to function as a vacation home, which is able to withstand the humid summers and cold winters of the region.

Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


To accomplish this, the Japanese Architect Kotaro Ide opted not to use the typical wood structure of villas in the area because of their susceptibility to decay easily. Instead, used reinforced concrete to construct two elliptical shell forms which are supposed to represent a conch. Ulin wood is used to create terraces around the Japan home with a courtyard into the centre of the main living areas.

Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


The ‘Shell House’ takes on a j-shape which is raised above the ground by 1400 mm resulting in the ‘floating’ masses. The villa’s simple aesthetic lends itself well to the traditional Japanese landscape, creating a balance between the futuristic man-made structure and the environment which surrounds it. The entire project took more than 18 months to realize and two and a half years to complete.

Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


Project title: SHELL_Architects: Kotaro Ide / ARTechnic architects_Assistants : Moriyuki Fujihara・Ruri Mitsuyasu・Takashi Mototani (former member) Kenyu Fujii_Collaborator: ManamiIde (designer of customized metal work)_Structural engineer: Naomi Kitayama / NAO_Mechanical engineer: Hiroshi Nakayama / TNA_Electrical engineer: Jyunetsu Satou / EPS_Constructor: Kenji Kusunoki / GIKAKU_Client: Mr.Kunimoto_Location: Karuizawa, Kitasaku, Nagano_Principal use: Private villa_Structure: Reinforced concrete_Foundation: Spread foundation.

Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


Kotaro Ide_Shell House
Kotaro Ide_Shell House


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