Sea Shell Residence is an impressive 7,500 square foot modern home, located on the Mediterranean coast of Israel. The residence displays quite a few captivating interior design details, envisioned and implemented by studio Lanciano Design. Here is an excerpt from the official project description, as given to the press by the designers: “Openness is the main concept that led us in this project, combining informal ambient and yet sheer elegance. We choose a palette of colors that repeats the colors of the outside into the house. The unconventional layout of the kitchen & the dining area came to our thoughts when designing this space, thinking how friendly it will be to enjoy entertaining family & guests, being able to host and to be present at the same time. The ground floor wrapped in large apertures maintaining a dialog with the outside. Obtaining the open space feeling. The lighting in the house designed by Lanciano-Design has many scenarios, for special effects to be able to change completely the ambient in the house“. How would you comment on the overall design of this home?
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.