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The Nautilus Seashell Tiny Home

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The Nautilus is a Seashell-shaped tiny home by Javier Senosiain of Arquitectura Orgànica in Mexico which translates to Organic Architecture.

One of the best features is an oversized custom shaped stained glass window. And that’s not mentioning the amazing shape of the entire structure as you’ll see below.

The architect created the home in the shape of a shell to connect it with nature. All-in-all, it has a very creative and whimsical look and feel to it, don’t you think?

Please enjoy your tour of this creative and artistic small home below. If you also think it’s pretty awesome you can re-share it with your friends below. Then leave your thoughts about it in the comments below. Thanks!

The Nautilus Seashell Tiny Home


Images © Arquitectura Orgànica

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Images © Arquitectura Orgànica

Learn more: http://organicarchitecture.weebly.com/the-nautilus.html


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  • Tina
    March 18, 2015, 11:23 am

    Absolutely in LOVE with this!!! This tiny house is amazing. Definitely for the nature nut … that’s me, that’s me! Mastermind architect, creative genius, and so thoughtful into the mix. Thank you for sharing!

    • Alex
      March 18, 2015, 1:16 pm

      Thanks Tina so happy that you enjoyed it too! 🙂

    • Amy
      March 18, 2015, 7:24 pm

      The house is very lived in and over 10 years old. It is able to be rented. They keep rental properties in the area immaculate on the Isla. I love living on my island

  • Dan
    March 18, 2015, 11:53 am

    Beautiful design, but I would love to see it in a somewhat lived-in state. How does everyday living look like? How about cleaning? Is it comfortable for guests? Etc. pp. But it does stimulate the mind to think about alternative designs 🙂

    • Alex
      March 18, 2015, 1:16 pm

      Good points, Dan! Thanks!

  • Lisa E.
    March 18, 2015, 1:10 pm

    Usually, I’m not much for concept housing (as opposed to themed designs,) but this is the exception that makes the rule.

    This is FABULOUS, and I’d live in it in a red hot New York second! It looks like it was basically made for one or two people, even though the outside pic of the walkway suggests it’s much larger than a THOW.

    Lol, my mind is imagining a whole Tiny House gated development of these houses; smaller in size with various options for interior articulation within each space (and possibly down by the sea?) That would be something! 😀

    Kudos to the designer; best concept design yet!

    • Alex
      March 18, 2015, 1:17 pm

      Thanks Lisa! Yeah- it’s definitely larger than THOW- but it’s just WAY cool and I had to share 😀

      • Lisa E.
        March 18, 2015, 8:49 pm

        And thank you, Alex, for all of the goodies you do share with us. Everyone here loves it; and the proof is, the THM is growing by leaps and bounds!

  • Resa
    March 18, 2015, 4:02 pm

    I doubt that many of us would have the creativity or the skill set to build this beautiful home; however, it is truly a little gem. My hat is off to the artist. The cleanest house ever! Are you sure someone lives there?

    • March 19, 2015, 12:20 am

      The technology for new styles of ferrocement have come a long way and the skills and materials are readily available to even non-professional homeowner builders. This nautilus home is in a warm climate but there are insulating designs that are accessible that have an insulating thickness based upon stress-skin or structural sandwich construction. The high strength shells are better suited for newbies because they require less material and they cure more slowly so they are hard to mess up once you get the recipe right.

  • Wompol
    March 18, 2015, 4:09 pm

    The nautilus design is very
    Peaceful, but Tryptophobiacs would go insane here. I live the concept but would need to substitute all of the bubble shapes for alternative glass.

    • Cahow
      March 18, 2015, 5:26 pm

      Well, Wompol, YOU win my Weekly Award for “Most Interesting Thing Learned”, with your use of the word “Tryptophobiacs.”

      Thank you! 😀

      If anyone else is intrigued, this is what I learned. But, do NOT “google” images or you will be severely GROSSED OUT and soon develop this disorder, too! LOL

      “Trypophobia is the pathological fear of objects with irregular patterns of holes, such as beehives, ant hills and lotus seed heads. Thousands of people claim to have the condition, but it is not recognized as a condition in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) or other scientific literature. The term was coined in 2005, from the Greek τρύπα (trýpa) “hole” and φόβος (phóbos) “fear”.

      British academics Arnold Wilkins and Geoff Cole, who claim to be the first to scientifically investigate trypophobia, believe the reaction to be based on a biological revulsion, rather than a learned cultural fear. In a research article they wrote for Psychological Science, Wilkins and Cole discussed that the reaction is based on a brain response that associates the shapes with danger. The type of shapes that elicit a reaction were stated to include clustered holes in skin, meat, wood, coral, sponges, mould, dried seed pods, honeycomb, soap, cheese, soil, plants, wounds and bubbles and that observing these shapes made some individuals state that they felt that their skin is crawling, shudder, feel itchy, experience panic attacks, sweat, palpitate and feel physically sick. Some stated reasons behind this fear are that the holes seem “disgusting and gross” or that “something might be living inside those holes”.

      • Jodie Dew
        March 18, 2015, 8:17 pm

        Thanks for the explanation…nice to know why I am kinda the way I am lol

      • LC
        March 22, 2015, 9:36 pm

        Thank you, Professor Cahow! So I wonder what the opposite is….. Trypomania? I think that’s me because I am absolutely drawn to little cubbies and irregular shapes. Remember making tents out of bed sheets and chairs as a child? Yeah, well that’s me…… I think that’s why I love tiny houses so much. I never outgrew it.

    • Lisa E.
      March 18, 2015, 8:52 pm

      I’m with Cahow, Wompol. As a devout learn-ophile, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of such a word and it is absolutely fascinating. Thanks for posting this share with us. 😉

  • Robert
    March 18, 2015, 4:11 pm

    Awesome! Love the colored glass reflection.

  • Kathy
    March 18, 2015, 4:30 pm

    Thank you Alex for finding photos of the interior of this amazing, unique tiny home. I have been wondering for two years what it could look like inside since I first saw the exterior on Pinterest. My curiosity satisfied, I think I want it! I’ll bet the architect has a good story to tell about how this house came about!

    • Berwick
      March 18, 2015, 10:54 pm

      I’m with you Kathy, I have been wondering the same for 2 years, and seeing the inside makes much more sense of the external design. Out of my price range no doubt, but a wonderful experience from the comfort of my laptop.

  • Lisa Waters
    March 18, 2015, 4:33 pm

    This little house is absolutely amazing. LOVE it!

  • Brenda Schwarz Miller
    March 18, 2015, 4:45 pm

    Wow! This might be one of my favorites yet because of the fantastic use of color and light, but also the indoor nature setting!

  • Karen
    March 18, 2015, 4:46 pm

    Whoa. I feel like I would run into Willie Wonka in this house.

  • Cahow
    March 18, 2015, 4:59 pm

    Coming from the Midwest, I’m used to Folly homes such as “The Rock IN the House”, “The House on the Rock” and the sadly abandoned “Mushroom House” in Wisconsin.

    After the plenitude of conceptual “homes” showcased HERE, of late, I didn’t know WHAT to expect.


    This is an exemplar of a flawless integration of Fantasy and Use. There is SO much inspiration within and without that it would take multiple viewings to digest it all.

    This is my only caveat: Unless you have an Industrial-Sized Ventilation system, the mold/mildew/humidity coming from the LIVE plantings would become unlivable! And, by looking at the different foliage change-outs, it’s easy to see that they do NOT thrive under their growing conditions, either. 🙁

    I “get it”…Bringing the OUTSIDE “in”. But, in this case, it’s not working. So, if you desire that “green” look, use a very high-end artificial grass turf, thereby expanding your living areas exponentially with a few large potted trees (such as the Ficus spp.), which you can rotate IN & OUT for their well being.

    Other than that, I give this place 10*’s for Fantasy and 10*’s for Function. <3

    • Patricia Schneider
      April 17, 2015, 6:52 pm

      Plus, if you used the high-end grass turf and some trees, you could have indoor picnics—without the ants.

  • Cahow
    March 18, 2015, 5:20 pm

    “It sure is Mexican!”


  • Cosy
    March 18, 2015, 5:32 pm

    Wow!! Love Love Love!

  • March 18, 2015, 6:22 pm

    What an amazing tiny house! I could sit for hours looking at the beautiful stained glass window. Love the cool stove hood and the bathroom sink. Would love to see more photos.

    • Jeannie
      March 18, 2015, 7:20 pm

      An FYI for those who are not aware… this home has been featured in several television shows featuring unusual homes… such as Eccentric Homes, You Live In What?, etc I do not remember which specific shows, but you can probably google it. Best I can remember the house is actually a vacation home for a couple in Mexico… not certain it is still in the hands of the original owner.

  • Claire
    March 18, 2015, 7:10 pm

    It is an amazing concept but it doesn’t feel at all like a home. It feels more like a Wonka factory and not very natural. I don’t think I could live in a space like this but to each his own. It is definitely a work of art though!

  • Sammi
    March 18, 2015, 7:15 pm

    Interesting but way too claustrophobic. I’d rather live in a glass house….

  • Amy
    March 18, 2015, 7:20 pm

    I live on Isla Mujeres where the shell house is located. It’s a very small island and most house are tiny house here. This is a tourist pleaser and they had to fence it in to keep people off the yard. It’s a wonderful place to live and visit. There’s a lot more to Thai property to see if you visit.

  • Trish D.
    March 18, 2015, 7:36 pm

    This is by far the most unusual, colorful, interesting house that I’ve ever seen. I’m not a modern house kind of gal, but I could live in this place very easily. The architect is truly a visionary. I applaud him. Thanks for sharing this marvel.

  • Karen R
    March 18, 2015, 7:37 pm

    Originality raised to its zenith . . .this is beyond incredible!

  • Jodie Dew
    March 18, 2015, 8:12 pm

    WOW!!! this is awesome…not something I would choose….but AWESOME!!!
    Love the huge seating area around the tv, and the colored glass is stunning!!

  • Bette
    March 18, 2015, 9:24 pm

    I love this house……….even though I wouldnt want to live in it. It is artistic, beautifull done throughout with every detail. It is the perfect illustration of how one can appreciate an art without picturing oneself living with it. Thank you for posting this beautiful architecture and interior design.

  • Susanne
    March 18, 2015, 10:57 pm

    Amazing!!!! Like something out of a fairytale.

  • Marsha Cowan
    March 18, 2015, 11:37 pm

    Ok…now that’s pretty doggone amazing…my mouth is still dropping…

  • Lynnette
    March 19, 2015, 5:08 am

    I’m pretty sure this is the inside of “I DREAM OF JEANNIE’S” bottle lol 🙂

  • Joan Bennett
    March 19, 2015, 11:33 am

    This is spectacular! I WANT ONE!!!!!

  • Gail
    March 19, 2015, 2:22 pm

    What a beautiful house. Love the interior!

  • Susan Tidwell
    March 19, 2015, 4:11 pm

    I have always loved the Dr. Doolittle movie and the snail at the end that Dr. Doolittle traveled in. I thought it was amazing……but now I am truly in love. I love the is shell house. Want to know where I can get one. Lol Thanks for showing us this beauty.

    • Alex
      March 20, 2015, 9:49 am

      Thanks Susan! Yes!! Great movie 😀

  • Cecelle
    March 20, 2015, 1:03 pm

    Wow – just love it! Done beautifully. Although I think the indoor garden might be a problem for my cats!

  • Elle
    March 21, 2015, 2:04 am

    Haaa-haa! Love the very funny comments about this place! And speaking of this place; Cahow took the word right outta my mouth -so to speak. “Wo…w!” This is gorgeous and I could so live here. Well, this place looks like a snapshot from my underwater camera. That’s why it looks (or I think it would feel) so vast, like it’s 8o’ below the surface of the ocean. The interior looks like the nooks and crannies of underwater caves carved out over time by the currents and ocean environment. Absolutely stunning. That needle on the roof looks a little scary though…

    There is some seriously

    For that reason it actually appears to be huge

  • Elle
    March 21, 2015, 2:09 am

    Oops, forgot to delete those half-sentences -sorry. 🙁

  • CathyAnn
    March 21, 2015, 4:17 pm

    What a concept, what an intriguing house.

  • Denise R
    March 21, 2015, 6:31 pm

    Alex, I love how this website is set up – how you give us some preview info and then you pan down to the pictures. This time I was breathless with this reveal! Totally unexpected and absolutely fascinating!

  • Sandi B
    March 22, 2015, 12:58 am

    Everyone else has said it all well. This is an absolutely amazing house, so very intriguing! Would love to see up close and personal.

  • A. Reeves
    March 22, 2015, 2:33 am

    My daughter luvs this. She was born with downs syndrome, her name is ariele and shes positive shes a mermaid and thats supposed to be her house. I tried to tell her it was very special and we just couldnt get it built. Well if u have the blueprints for sale please let me know where at. Once again you are truly a gifted artist and Thank you for a fantasy come to life.

  • Adena
    March 22, 2015, 9:43 am

    Made me feel like “Alice in Wonderland 😉

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