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Russian Seashell House Has a 7-Meter-Tall Stained Glass Window
Posted By Tafline Laylin On July 26, 2012 @ 7:54 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Daylighting,Design,Gallery | No Comments
One of ArchStudia Vega's clients loves the sea and its exotic inhabitants so much that they asked the Russian firm to build a home that looks like a giant seashell! Each level of the three-story structure represents different levels of the sea - from the ocean bed to the sky above - and receives its natural lighting from an impressive 7-meter-tall stained glass window.
Located in the Tavatuy community in the Sverdlovsk region of Russia , this funky, 228 square meter home really does look like some kind of wild sea creature. Inside, the top level of the home, the main bedroom, represents the air above the sea. The giant stained glass window affords views across the nearby lake, while strategically placed skylights permit additional natural lighting .
The second level, which is supposed to mimic the surface of the sea, is reached by a curvilinear staircase. A lot of the glass tile trimmings and furnishings were made by hand, but the most interesting part of the home is the basement level that represents the sea floor. The sofas are shaped like coral and sea anemones and there is a small office that looks like a grotto . Oh, and not surprisingly, the handmade bed features a water mattress!
This Gaudi-esque house  might be too bizarre for some of our readers. Nonetheless, we think it is a special nature-loving project that deserves recognition. It was completed in 2011.
Via Architecture Lab 
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URLs in this post:
 Sverdlovsk region of Russia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sverdlovsk_Oblast
 skylights permit additional natural lighting: http://inhabitat.com/stadel-museum-updated-with-a-gorgeous-polka-dotted-green-roof-in-frankfurt/
 looks like a grotto: http://inhabitat.com/tag/grotto-cooling-public-space/
 This Gaudi-esque house: http://inhabitat.com/tag/antoni-gaudi/
 Architecture Lab: http://architecturelab.net/2012/07/seashell-house-russia-by-archstudia-vega/
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