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For those who seek the unconventional, this home might be a good source of inspiration. Designed by Japanese architect Kotaro Ide, The Shell House is a vacation home built in the woods of Karuizawa, a little over an hour outside of Tokyo.

Courtesy, Apartment Therapy

Courtesy, Apartment Therapy

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Courtesy, Arch Daily

In an attempt to enhance the surrounding nature, the architects did their best to incorporate it within the spatial structure.
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Courtesy, Arch Daily

There’s even a custom made floor-heating system that not only reduces the use of heat energy, but also is highly effective in mold prevention.
Courtesy, Apartment Therapy

Courtesy, Apartment Therapy

If given the chance to design your own unique dream home, what would be your ideal shape?


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3 Responses

  1. barbara says:

    That is amazing!

  2. Vickie says:

    I loved the house. It is so in tune with nature. My unique dream home would probably consist of some type of geodesic dome over a circular type home thereby creating a greenhouse effect with light eminating into every room. Under the dome would be tropical plants with a large waterfall.

  3. What a great design. I seems like it was meant to be there, even though it is in the middle of the forest.

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