Located in Japan’s Karuizawa forest, this house looks like it belongs on Mars. Yet it’s firmly rooted (no pun intended) in its environment. Named Shell Residence, it has built around a 100-year-old fir tree.
Designed by ARTechnic Japan (via Inhabitat), Shell Residence was intended to flow around the trees it’s situated amongst. Despite being located just 10 minutes by Shinkansen from the Japanese capital of Tokyo, the area looks quite peaceful and isolated.
The structure is made from concrete, which is the perfect material to stand up to the forest’s humidity and cold weather. The interior floors and outer decking are made from locally-sourced wood, and the way the structure arches over them is quite shell-like indeed.
Shell Residence doesn’t have rooms as such. Instead, the minimalist interior is divided into two floors, with top floor designated a private space and the ground floor open to public use. The house also has an automated climate-control system to optimize usage.