Shell House in Japanese Woods/by Artechnic

Nice job of sculptural design and construction. Usually flowing shapes don’t work out. (I really dislike that little sculptural wooden temple by Sea Ranch; there’s just something wrong there, in spite of the craftsmanship.) This is a nice job with concrete and wood and still a bit of Japanese tradition.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

One Response to Shell House in Japanese Woods/by Artechnic

  1. Aesthetically, there are some sweet curves in this work, but does living in it feel like being the meat in the enchilada? It also looks like the tree doesn't like now being the focus of all the attention. They usually don't adapt well, especially when roots are seperated from all the rest of the forest community. I think Blue Sky learned that lesson too.


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