Discover this eco self build home within a Japanese forest

Take a look inside this unique, eco-friendly self build within a Japanese forest.

By Hugh Metcalf | 17 April 2020

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.

the shell house by tono mirai architects

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.