Striking Giant Snail Shaped Home in Mexico City
Designed by Javier Senosiain, the Nautilus is snail shaped dwelling that inspired by the work of Gaudí and Frank Lloyd Wright. Senosiain has brought to Mexico City another sparkling example of what he calls Bio Architecture. The idea of that buildings based on the natural principles of organic forms bring us back to local history, tradition and cultural roots, in turn creating harmony with nature.
Located above the smoggy city, this giant mollusk is home to Magali and Fernando Mayorga and their two sons Allan and Josh. Upon entering the Mayorga’s home, one must first pass through the main entrance into the living room where the plant covered floor is separated by long narrow pathways that run along side an artificial stream. The hole punched doors located in the rear of the main space lead to two small cavernous rooms for the boys, while the master bedroom sweeps across the back of the structure.
The glittering shell-like paint frames the tongue shaped furniture protrusions that grow from the surrounding walls. Each element has been carefully chosen to coincide with the organic theme of the building. This material is stronger than concrete, fire resistant and provides good insulation in both hot and cold climates. The spiral shaped design, material and construction methods used to build The Nautilus make it earthquake friendly and easy to maintain. [via] [source]