Shell-shaped, and lived in

Nautilus, RE-visited…

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Although this construction dates back to 2007, a Mexico City couple daringly did what some would have thought about, but never carried through, with the help of the astonishing imagination of those wild and wooly architects at Senosiain Arquitectos. This abalone replica is already lived in, with the couple and their two small children.

It’s more of a sculpture than a dwelling. Taking cues from a Nautilus shell, the house is put together using ferrocement construction, a technique involving a frame of steel-reinforced chicken wire with a special two-inch-thick composite of concrete spread over it, resulting in a structure that’s earthquake-proof and maintenance-free.

The open concept inside the house is dominated by smooth surfaces, spiral stairs and natural plantings that makes the inhabitants feel like they’re living inside a snail who swallowed the entire contents of somebody’s back yard. While the house is surrounded on three sides by the bustling Mexico City, its West side (where most of its portal-style windows are located) has a breathtaking view of the mountains.

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The feel is completely whimsical, magical and evocative of what life with elemental curvature could be like.

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“The metaphor was to feel like an internal inhabitant of a snail, like a mollusk moving from one chamber to another, like a symbiotic dweller of a huge fossil maternal cloister. This home social life flows inside the Nautilus without any division, a harmonic area in three dimensions where you can notice the continuous dynamic of the fourth dimension when moving in spiral over the stairs with a feeling of floating over the vegetation.” (World Architecture News).

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Quite a poetic visionary statement.  We loved it!

Credits: Serengreenity, architectectura organica, inhabitat, WAN

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