Thursday, 19 December 2013


 A R T     i n     C O N C R E T E 
Text: Divya Agrawal

Each Era in history 
has been characterized by the use of certain building materials, and, its architecture. 
The Egyptians used mud brick & stones, the Greeks used stone and Indus valley saw extensive use of burned & mud brick. 
Fast forward to today..
Concrete is Modern architecture's wonder material. Using Concrete one can cast, mould, texturize & give form to any shape. Some architects have used this quality of concrete to create awe inspiring architecture. 

I bring to you one such exemplary project today – the Shell Villa by Kotaro ide/ ARTechnic Architects. 


The villa has a sculptural quality to it, what with its fluid lines and play of planes. 
Located in a forested area on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan, it serves as a weekend retreat. The climate is cold and humid, making concrete the perfect choice to build a low maintenance, climatically appropriate residence; over the traditionally used wood.

“Being in sync with nature isn’t about yielding to nature – it’s about coexistence.” source : Kotaro Ide / ARTechnic architects


The house stands out in its surroundings but also envelopes by letting nature in. The focal point of the design is a fir tree around which the house seems to grow. The house has large glazed openings (aided by an energy efficient heating system) offering picturesque view of the surroundings.


I love the juxtaposition of wood and concrete in this residence. Note the fine detailing at junctions. 
The structure is two storied with family areas on the ground level and private areas like bedrooms on the upper. 

Since the walls curve, all furniture is custom built. 
The same aesthetic defines the interiors too – clean lines, minimalism and attention to detail.


The simplicity of this structure is enchanting. 
It is a work of architecture and also a piece of art – bound to inspire & to be remembered. 

Would be such a joy to its owner and a wonderful, inspirational space for any creative person to be in :)

All Images: Nacasa & Partners Inc. courtsey  Kotaro Ide / ARTechnic architects

Tell us about your favorite pieces of inspirational, awe inspiring architecture!