coastal decor and crafts

2/8/13

Shell House Architecture in Mexico

Architecture has always been inspired by nature, its patterns, forms and structures. These two shell house designs are an extreme example of that.

shell house Isla Mujeres
Both shell houses happen to be located in Mexico. Chances are you have seen them around! The Shell House on the island of Isla Mujeres is bright white, and perfectly situated on a seaside road. Designed by and for famous artist Octavio Ocampo, the shell house architecture includes ornamental and artistic parts, like the spiked roof. The house looks fun and inviting!


shell house
You see the spiral shell pattern and shell motif throughout.

shell wall sconce
How cool is this shell wall sconce!

shell house Mexico
The shell house design may be extreme, but when it comes to materials used, it is fairly traditional, mostly built of concrete. Want to experience life inside a shell, this shell house is a vacation rental!

Senosiain shell house
The shell house design by architect Javier Senosiain has non of the white washed beachy appeal of the shell house on Isla Mujeres. Well, it's located in Mexico City for a starter. And Senosiain is an admirer of Antoni Gaudí and Frank Lloyd Wright.

shell house design
The house is very cave like, mimicking the chambers of the shell. From organic patterns to winding stone paths, there isn't a straight line in the whole place, everything is round. The large stained glass wall must be the architect's interpretation of light glowing through the shell.

shell house Mexico City
This shell house is a fairy tale wonderland as well as a very safe haven for the family who lives in it. Constructed from a durable combination of steel wire and special super-thick concrete, it can withstand earthquakes that periodically shock the city. To view more pictures, click here.

Happy weekend everyone!

2 comments:

Pirate Life said...

I think it's enough that I have sea shells everywhere in my house. Not sure I would love living in one. Cool idea tho

An Island Mom said...

You know, I wouldn't actually want to live in one of these homes, but they'd be fun to vacation in or tour. They almost have a "fantasy movie set" feel to them, so I'm guessing kids would love them. And the shell sconce? That's a cool idea.