The evolution of form ties into the evolution of structures. From the smallest and simplest designs to the most sophisticated, the architect has always aspired to combine durability, utility and beauty.
The Shell Residence by ARTechnic is located just outside of Tokyo in Karuizawa, Japan. The house is surrounded by conifer forests and the structure itself was constructed around an ancient Fir tree. The residence was built using long-lasting concrete which, along with an automated centralized system, aids in energy efficiency and serves to protect the home from the forest’s humidity and cold weather.
The unique curvature of the design makes the house remarkably different from traditional Japanese architecture. The wood used on the floors in and around the home is locally sourced. The interior layout is minimal, with the bottom floor serving as public space and the top floor serving as private space.