This circular house inspired by marine creatures boosts fluid and dynamic spaces that benefit from natural lighting. Romanian design studio Razvan Barsan + Partners organized the interior skins with variable heights and materials and created a curved, organic form that mimics that of a nautilus, a marine mollusk that can withdraw completely into its shell that is internally divided into chambers.
The inner areas of the house are organized along a spiraling path and feature varying heights and materials. Concrete, glass, metal and plaster dominate the structure and follow the organic form of the entire building. The conventional relationship between rooms is reinterpreted with an unusual layout.
The rooms are arranged in a coiled form that references the structure of the nautilus. As the nautilus matures it creates new, larger chambers, and moves its growing body into the larger space, sealing the vacated chamber. The architects used a similar principle by creating a hierarchy in room sizes and heights. Taking the initial form to another level, the architects created smooth transitions from the exterior to the interior, from public to private, from the main spaces to the secondary ones and from extroverted to introverted areas.
The living room occupies the center of the house, while the spaces gradually radiating from this point house the kitchen, the swimming pool and the outdoor terrace. The final curve defines a bedroom and the greenhouse shaded by metal horizontal louvers. On the first level the bedrooms, dressing rooms and bathrooms are distributed radially from the core, where a two-storey library is positioned. The pattern is repeated in the underground level, where the nucleus surrounded by technical rooms hosts the cellar and entertainment room.