The Shell House
Where : Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Year of completion : 2007
Architect: Eduardo Ocampo
The Shell house is amongst the most artistically creative houses in the world and is inspired by the numerous shells found all along the beaches of Isla
Mujeres, Mexico. Shell House is actually made up of two connected buildings, the taller one, which was completed first, resembles a conch shell – not
only on the outside but the inside as well. The smaller sea snail building was added on to provide a second bedroom and custom bathroom.
The ensemble was built using traditional concrete, plaster, sea shells, coral, as well as recycled and found materials from around the island. Doors,
windows, and even furniture are all artistic custom creations. The main room has no corners – it is round. The beds lie under conical ceilings, the
bathrooms have unique shell fixtures, and everywhere you look you see shells.