In a world defined by progress and evolution, where our lives are dominated by technology and it’s sweet appeal, in which eventually we get caught up, whether we like it or not, you can find those who seek an exit from the virtual world we’ve created around us and look for answers by returning to nature and to the primordial things that define us, from which we all came.
A century and a half ago, Oliver Wendell Holmes saw the metaphorical significance of the chambered home of the Nautilus. These fascinating seashells are spiral in shape and consist of a series of ever-larger chambers in each of which the sea creature lives for a season until it outgrows that particular space. The Nautilus then enlarges its shell by the addition of a new chamber suitable for the next stage of its life.
The spiral shape of the Nautilus shell suggests that it can keep growing forever. There is no design for a “final” chamber. The creature must keep building new chambers as long as it lives. It cannot go back to the previous ones; they no longer fit. It cannot stay in its present space or it will die. It has no choice but to move on. And on.
Inspired from a shell, the Nautilus designed by Javier Senosiain, resembles an ultra modern hobbit home you’d see in Lord of the Rings. Not only is this home beautiful to look at with it’s curvacious forms, bountiful interior plant-life and garden paths, but it’s built to last long time. Designed to withstand an earthquake, the structure consists of steel frames and thick concrete walls.
This wonderful, whimsical house project in Mexico City is bringing the life aquatic into a blend of modern architecture and contemporary art. The Nautilus House falls under the architect’s “organic works” category, inspired by the sea and taking on the twisting and turning form of the Nautilus shell. The sculptural whimsical house features an amazing entry cut into a wall of colorful stained glass which from the exterior, it’s enough to draw you in; while inside it casts multi-colored spots of light onto walls and floor, creating a fairytale atmosphere.
But surprisingly, that’s still not the most unusual feature of the house. This interior “grass carpet” is just amazing, leading residents and guests through a network of stone paths to the various areas of the home. The bathroom is simply amazing. In it, you actually feel like you’re under the water with the sandy walls, gorgeous blue tiles and the window overhead. This cool home comes together using “ferrocement constructio,” which involves a frame of steel-reinforced chicken wire covered in a two-inch layer of composite of concrete.
Architect: Javier Senosiain
Client / Developer: Mr Fernando Becker
Location: Naucalpan, Mexico
Photo courtesy: Javier Senosiain