This house has been in our computer's toolbar for over a year now, and I finally thought it was time to share it with you. I know it's been popping up all over the over the interwebs over the past few years but it's just so beautiful you're going to have look at it again.
Designed by Kotaro Ide of ARTechnic Architects and fabricated out of reinforced concrete, this home is located in the woods of Karuizawa. Karuizawa is a town in the Kitasaku District of Nagano, Japan, and a common summer get away for residents of Tokyo.
Built in 2008 the Shell House is used as a vacation home, and as such
was designed with minimal maintenance in mind. Most vacation homes in
the area are wood villas that easily decay, this is why Ide chose
reinforced concrete. From reading about the mechanical system,
ventilation system, and the ideas behind the shape of the structure you
can tell that a ton of thought and research went into building the
home. Everything was taken into consideration, including what happens
to the house while you're away. Like the automatic antifreeze system
that will kick in when the temperature outside drops below freezing, and
the dehumidifying and ventilation systems that run year round. All of
which are energy efficient, and make it so there is less to fix or worry
about when you come for your vacation, so you can just sit and relax in
your beautiful secluded space.