Javier Senosiain is a Mexican architect known for designing organic architecture. Javier Senosiain was born in Mexico in At the time he was a budding artist and was very involved in his towns small art community. Some of his inspirations were simple things such as snakes and peanuts but in his eyes they were true artisan. Javier Senosiain's architectural creations have attracted both comment and controversy. A house at Vista del Valle, north of Mexico City sits on a hill overlooking the city and is designed in the shape of a shark.
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Senosiain is known for its contribution to organic architecture and this peanut-shaped house keeps up with his style.
Built in , this house comprises two separate chambers connected through a narrow passageway. One contains a private sleeping area, while the other one has common living areas. Inside, there is a living room, kitchen and dining room, bedroom with a dressing room and a bathroom complete with shower. The house has all the basic amenities required to live comfortably. The hand-shaped chair by Mexican artist Pedro Friedeberg and Bubble chair by Eero Aarnio are some of the focal points in the living room, while the kitchen is furnished with burners, sink, and built-in pantry shelves.
A narrow tunnel from living spaces leads to the private sleeping areas in the next chamber. The bathroom looks highly private and luxurious, with a skylight allowing an abundance of natural light. Its organically sculpted walls, ceilings, and built-in furnishings are made from Ferro-cement coated with a paste of marble powder and white cement that make the house feels like an underground cave.
There is enough natural light and outdoor views from the inside of the house thanks to the large windows in different living areas. The green roof and plenty of vegetation around the house not only help in maintaining temperature indoors but also make the house nearby invisible just like a bunker.
This Javier Senosiain-designed semi-underground house shows an innovative approach to build eco homes. Till date, it is an inspiration for architects conceiving new eco-friendly construction solutions. Did you steal a thing or two from here? Check out the images below for inspiration. A green roof, also called a grass-roof or Homecrux advocates the authority of design.
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Text description provided by the architects. The original idea of the project took its simile from a peanut shell: two wide oval spaces with lots of light, united by a space in low and narrow gloom. This proposal arose based on the requirements of the elementary functions of man: a space to live together, with room, dining room and kitchen and another to sleep, with dressing room and bathroom. The original concept is defined in two large spaces: one day and one night, looking for the feeling that inside the person will enter the land, that was aware of the uniqueness of this space without losing integration with the exterior green areas. In the construction process, it was necessary to achieve the same continuity as the design. For this, a moldable material was used that would allow a game similar to that of the plasticine in the models. Coupled with this requirement of plasticity, it was evident that when dealing with a house, the material had to fulfill requirements that took it beyond the sculptural mass.
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Senosiain is known for its contribution to organic architecture and this peanut-shaped house keeps up with his style. Built in , this house comprises two separate chambers connected through a narrow passageway. One contains a private sleeping area, while the other one has common living areas. Inside, there is a living room, kitchen and dining room, bedroom with a dressing room and a bathroom complete with shower. The house has all the basic amenities required to live comfortably.
Organic House / Javier Senosiain