Japanese architects ARTechnic have completed Shell, a holiday villa in Karuizawa, Japan. The two-storey, concrete house comprises two tubes with oval sections, arranged around a fir tree. The floor is raised 1.4 metres from the ground;  the architects intended to minimise time spent on maintaining the property by separating the house from its natural surroundings.

Shell by ARTechnic architects

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 …

The evolution of form ties into the evolution of structures. From the smallest and simplest designs to the most sophisticated, the architect has always asp

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 …

The evolution of form ties into the evolution of structures. From the smallest and simplest designs to the most sophisticated, the architect has always asp

Shell / ARTechnic architects

Shell / ARTechnic architects

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 …

The evolution of form ties into the evolution of structures. From the smallest and simplest designs to the most sophisticated, the architect has always asp

Japanese architects ARTechnic - Karuizawa, Japan.

Shell by ARTechnic architects

97 foot tree house built by Horace Burgess. Has 10 floors. Builder used about 258,000 nails.

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Shell House, Kitasaku District, 2008 - Artechnic, Kotaro Ide

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