Gallery: The Nautilus – Giant Snail-Shaped Home Fit for a Family


The Nautilus, designer Javier Senosiain’s bizarre, snail-shaped dwelling, is a mind-bending union of artistic experimentation and simplified living. Inspired by the work of Gaudí and Frank Lloyd Wright, Senosiain has brought to Mexico City another sparkling example of what he calls “Bio-Architecture” — the idea that buildings based on the natural principles of organic forms bring us back to local history, tradition and cultural roots, in turn creating harmony with nature.

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  1. Chrissy April 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I’d so want to move in there with all my teletubby children

  2. Awesome Hidden Lair Tuc... August 6, 2010 at 9:36 am

    […] using conventional methods, the entire ground floor was constructed using the typical earth home sprayed concrete technique. The house also makes use of recycled glass and is topped with a protective green roof […]

  3. Karuna July 27, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Awesome!…amazing creation!..A perfect fusion of science and nature.

  4. jpr September 28, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    You can set fire to a Michael Reynolds home and it will burn toxic gases, since he uses old tires wood studs all adds to the fuel of the fire. His homes are not very efficient, especilally in hot areas, if you like to fry in the summer. Tires are not green nor is a lot of what he uses. This home mentioned above will withstand about 2700 degees it won’t burn the major part of the material is green

  5. gnobot July 1, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Proper credits should go out to Roger Dean who has been building these type of habitats since the 70s. Check out his architecture at:

  6. fire1985 June 24, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    GORGEOUS! How much is it?

  7. bearsong June 22, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Undoubtedly, a beautiful design. The feel of the interior spaces is magnificent. I am hesitant about his adoption of term bio-architecture, however. I am contrasting Javier Senosiain against Michael Reynolds, perhaps the true biotect. I do not know how deep ecological design runs in Senosiain’s design, whereas Reynold’s earthships are true living buildings that utilize various green technologies, not only to super insulate and maximize passive solar gain, but also intelligently use water systems to minimize water consumption and maximize utility, such as in the use of indoor vegetable gardens. Reynolds’ use of “recycled” materials such as discarded bottles to achieve the same effect accomplished in the above entrance way may also give Reynold’s an edge in creative thinking. It’s one thing to build a dream house like the above snail using materials that are convenient to you, its another to create dream houses out of “garbage.” I again do not know enough about the above home to say definitively that Reynolds’ buildings are superior, but I do know that it is not buildings that look like natural objects, but rather ones that work as natural systems that are what we need for a sustainable future.

  8. august sygavast June 21, 2009 at 4:01 am

    Fabulous and very harmonic design. Things like that colors up our world.

  9. mskogly June 19, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I absolutely love it! Imagine living in such a house…

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