By Javier Senosiain of Arquitectura Organica
This unique house initially appears to be designed for a film set or a child’s fantasy park. The outer structure combines an explosion of vibrant colours set into rhythmic sculptural curves. The architect Javier Senosiain has used minimal restraint in this fantastic creation, breaking free from all contemporary mainstream conventions.
As the name suggests ‘Nautilus House’ is inspired by the sea, its organic styling relating closely to seashells, undulating sandbanks, and rolling waves. Located in the hustle and bustle of Mexico City this creation is intended to bring the magic of the coast inland, transporting its occupants to a haven of calm tranquility.
Modern Architecture with a sense of Fun – The Nautilus House
Bridging the interface between Art and Architecture, there are clear relationships between this construction and the work of the pioneering Spanish architect Gaudi. In particular his extravagant and spectacular ‘Parc Güell’ located in Barcelona. Gaudi was active in the early part of the 20th century and his work related to the Art Nouveau movement. However, Gaudi produced designs like no other – unrestrained nature was his muse.
In both ‘Parc Güell’ and the more modest ‘Nautilus House’ the architects have combined the use of natural stone and colourful glass to make visual statements that excite all the senses creating an instant feeling of well being for visitors and residents alike. ‘Nautilus House’ maybe smaller but it is massive in impact.
Organic Architecture – The Nautilus House
Entered through a ‘secret’ doorway set in the multi-coloured glass panel, the true ambiguity of the house is revealed. Its stylish, yet a conundrum, aesthetically serious but playful as well. In many ways the interior is more exciting than the exterior.
The exterior view could be considered simplistic in its literal reference to a shell. However, the interior is more sophisticated and abstract. The theme of sinuous curves and rich colours travel throughout. Surprisingly, this architect has really brought the outside in using grass and stone to create paths and ‘carpets’.
Organic Architecture Interior Design
One of the most satisfyingly composed rooms is the bathroom. Here lavish use of coloured mosaic encrust walls and surface in the same way that Gaudi used rich mosaic in Parc Güell. In contast to the cool blues of the mosaic, adjoining walls are roughly finished with the texture and colour of a warm sandy beach. The continuing maritime reference is more subtle but still obvious.
This house is totally organic in conception and style, on this occasion it would be hard to find a straight line or angular geometry anywhere. All furnishings and accessories follow the same curvilinear theme. A visit to ‘Nautilus House’ would take you through a true sensory adventure.