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.