Take a look inside this unique, eco-friendly self build within a Japanese forest.
The use of local materials not only helps the Shell House by Tono Mirai architects blend into its forested surroundings but reduces its environmental impact too.
Image: Takeshi Noguchi
Featured in the newest Architizer book, Architizer: The World’s Best Architecture (2019), published by Phaidon, The Shell House is a unique project completed by Japanese firm Tono Mirai architects back in 2018.
Intended to be a model example for a house with a reduced environmental impact, this small earth house was made using local wood, clay, and traditional techniques, yet it meets contemporary environmental standards and passive-energy principles.