Sculptural Contemporary Architecture – A Shell in the Forest
By Japanese Architecture firm Artechnic
Nestling deep within the forest in Karuizawa, Japan ‘The Shell House’ by Artechnic makes a powerful sculptural statement. A total break away from the angularity more frequently associated with minimalist and contemporary architecture. This curvilinear creation is clearly inspired by organic forms and is therefore totally at one within the natural landscape. ‘Shell House’ appears alive, as its interconnected ovoid forms flow through the surrounding trees. The purity of its lines and uncluttered forms are reminiscent of an unfurling lily, of flowing water and indeed the cross section of a shell from where it derives its name.
Sculptural Contemporary Architecture
There is indeed something futuristic about this home something otherworldly in its multiple aspects. It is unique and refreshingly different in the way it transcends contemporary rectilinear conventions.
The unblemished outer skin of the building is formed over supporting structures of wood and concrete. Perfection in form, its clean white simplicity appears luminous within the complexity of the surrounding foliage. Perfectly planned proportions are probably related to the mystical ‘Golden Section’. The Golden Section is a system of proportions that has fascinated artists and mathematicians since classical antiquity. Intriguingly, this is based on the structural proportions found in many natural forms – including the nautilus shell.
The Living Room Interior Design
Interior and exterior are united by the free flowing forms, curves and spirals. This home is a feast for the eyes and the rest of the senses. All elements of the interior design fully compliment the architectural forms. The effect is soothing, sensuous with no jarring elements to disturb the ambiance. To add stability and balance to the rhythmic curves, horizontal and vertical lines have been introduced into the windows and furnishings. The horizontals add a further visual link to the surrounding tree trunks.
Soft natural colours and materials have been used in the interior with just the occasional splash of a brighter hue to add focus and interest. Entering through circular windows in the roof, soft edged light and shadows shift in a continual natural cycle throughout the house emphasizing the fascinating curvature. By night ‘Shell House’ is totally transformed as dramatic lighting is fully exploited to illuminate its spectacular forms.
Minimalist Interior Design