A Shell of a House
February 22, 2008 1:48 PM   Subscribe

The Nautilus House is pretty awesome.

A little more.
posted by dersins (40 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
Not this Nautilus...
posted by dersins at 1:50 PM on February 22, 2008


That looks like a house for Smurfs who have key parties.
posted by middleclasstool at 1:52 PM on February 22, 2008 [10 favorites]


Not to say that's not awesome, though.
posted by middleclasstool at 1:53 PM on February 22, 2008


My favorite part is when the fat kid starts drinking from the river of chocolate and then falls in and then gets sucked up into that big tube and those little guys come out and sing a little song.
posted by milarepa at 1:56 PM on February 22, 2008 [2 favorites]


every christmas, instead of santa coming down the chimney, they are visited by a hookah-smoking caterpillar.
posted by dubold at 2:02 PM on February 22, 2008 [4 favorites]


No way! I've watched Teletubbies while tripping, too!

It's probably be cool to live there, though. I want to find it on Google Maps.
posted by not_on_display at 2:03 PM on February 22, 2008


Instead of running water, the owners opted for running LSD.

Do want.
posted by acid freaking on the kitty at 2:19 PM on February 22, 2008


From the wiki on Nautilus:

Nautiluses are predators and feed mainly on shrimp, small fish and crustaceans, which are captured by the tentacles.

Yeah, you guys go and poke around the front of that giant shell. I'm staying back here in the car.
posted by quin at 2:20 PM on February 22, 2008 [2 favorites]


I don't see any expansion joints in the concrete. Maybe they just keep it at a constant temperature, with backup generators for the heating.
posted by StickyCarpet at 2:34 PM on February 22, 2008


okay, cool design, but they lost a serious amount of living space to all that ivy and greenery. Personally, I'd want more room for cushions and hookahs.
posted by Parannoyed at 2:37 PM on February 22, 2008 [1 favorite]


So. Totally. Awesome. Thanks for posting this. My favorite part is the inside view of the stained glass window.
posted by jonson at 2:46 PM on February 22, 2008


That's the house I always wanted to build. There was one organically shaped somewhere on the French Riviera coast, that I remember from some magazine from way back.

Also, greenery inside is cool. I could roll in it all morning.
posted by Laotic at 2:58 PM on February 22, 2008


Cool. Until you want to hang a picture.
posted by rhymer at 3:06 PM on February 22, 2008 [4 favorites]


Damn, it isn't even that expensive, at 0.15 million Euros!
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 3:11 PM on February 22, 2008


That shower gives me the creeps. I think it would attach itself to my head and start glorping.
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:12 PM on February 22, 2008 [1 favorite]


seems like it could use a few more light fixtures. feeling your way through that house in the dark would be....interesting.
posted by rooftop secrets at 3:15 PM on February 22, 2008


corpse in the library- I agree the shower is less than welcoming. Everything else looks flippin' awesome. It should be underwater though, with a crab butler.
posted by MNDZ at 3:20 PM on February 22, 2008


I don't see any expansion joints in the concrete. Maybe they just keep it at a constant temperature, with backup generators for the heating.

Mexico City I think it said.
posted by notreally at 3:31 PM on February 22, 2008


Very cool. Reminds me a bit of the Onion House.
posted by Mr_Zero at 3:34 PM on February 22, 2008


The metaphor was to feel like an internal inhabitant of a snail

Eww...
posted by dirigibleman at 3:44 PM on February 22, 2008


Help, I fell asleep and woke up the 60s.
posted by bwg at 3:54 PM on February 22, 2008


Roger Dean's gunnite houses have the same vibe, on MeFi previously.
posted by dbiedny at 4:05 PM on February 22, 2008 [1 favorite]


Moisture farmer strikes it rich?
posted by BrotherCaine at 4:09 PM on February 22, 2008


Nice tile work.
posted by Balisong at 4:15 PM on February 22, 2008


I like the Roger Dean stuff better. It seems less faux-organic.
posted by sneebler at 4:18 PM on February 22, 2008


It's cool but I think I'd go nuts living in there.
posted by nola at 4:24 PM on February 22, 2008


I love the stained glass and mosaic work.
posted by amro at 4:50 PM on February 22, 2008


I prefer this.
posted by dobbs at 5:14 PM on February 22, 2008


An architectural version of lava lamp globules with interior decorating by a Dr. Seuss character.

The corpse in the library's fear of being glorped in the shower has me in stitches.

When I purchased a sliced in half nautilus shell years ago, the shop owner told me that I could remember the name of the valve that connects each of the chambers inside the shell by combining Simon and Garfunkel. It's called the siphuncle.
posted by nickyskye at 5:47 PM on February 22, 2008


I prefer this.

dobbs, that's probably at least a 10 million dollar apartment-- if not a substantial multiplier more. Of course it's "better" than a 160,000 euro house.
posted by dersins at 5:49 PM on February 22, 2008


Will this become part of a dream or nightmare? Won't know until I fall asleep...
posted by Shebear at 6:23 PM on February 22, 2008


Fun post!
posted by LarryC at 7:10 PM on February 22, 2008


I think I would start to believe I was an elf if I lived there. All the acid would probably have something to do with it.
posted by slogger at 9:14 PM on February 22, 2008


With no corners, I don't know where my dust bunnies would live.

The wonderful weirdness of everything makes boring old light switches look terribly out of place.
posted by moonmilk at 10:04 PM on February 22, 2008


That'd be perfect for a hotel, but I'm not sure how I would feel *living* in it.
posted by librarylis at 10:23 PM on February 22, 2008


Nice house porn. Meanwhile, I have to tear out carpet and replace flooring. For most of us, fixing a house that has seen a few generations is boring. I would rather read a book. But I can't.

Meanwhile, though, I have a neighborhood and a back yard with bugs and plants and stuff. Yay!
posted by kozad at 11:19 PM on February 22, 2008


I was anticipating a cool looking place, but the pictures make me feel claustrophobic. Can't imagine living there.
posted by Orrorin at 3:27 AM on February 23, 2008


How fabulously '70s would it be to live in quarters designed by Roger Dean?

I would love to stay for a few days in the Nautilus House, but I wouldn't want to live in a place you couldn't put your stamp on. What if, in five years, you wanted to move in some furniture of the square persuasion? What if you couldn't stop thinking about Oriental rugs?
posted by Countess Elena at 11:16 AM on February 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


Awesome to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. I've got this feeling Witchie-Poo shows up every week or so trying to steal Freddie the magical talking gold flute.
posted by Spatch at 9:24 AM on February 24, 2008


Phi-nominal!
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 4:21 PM on February 24, 2008


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