The Amazing Nautilus House, Naucalpan, Mexico

Stephanie Spavento March 2, 2014

Magali and Fernando Mayorga and their two sons have one of the most beautiful and unusual homes in the entire world – the amazing Nautilus House of Naucalpan, Mexico. Just outside of Mexico City, this young family comes home every day to a giant nautilus shell. Designed by architect Javier Senosiain of Arquitectura Organica, the building was inspired by the work of Antoni Gaudi, Rudolf Steiner, and Frank Lloyd Wright; and combines art and architecture in an amazing and inspirational way. Enter the giant shell-shaped home through a wall of hundreds of panels of multicolored stained glass. When lit from the inside at night, it gives a spectacular and psychedelic first impression. The open-concept home flows naturally with no major divisions due to its ingenious design and unique ferrocement construction. An impressive spiral staircase is the main focal point; and, when walking up it, it gives the illusion that one is floating over the lush vegetation that fills the indoor, unused floor space that surrounds the living room’s flower-shaped loungers. There are no corners in this house—all the surfaces are round and smooth, spirals and circles create a natural flow. The walls are even speckled with glittering mica particles to give hard surfaces a shell-like shimmer. The furnishings themselves are part of the house: the living room blossoms forth from an indoor garden, the dining room table is an extension of an interior wall, and the sinks in the bathroom and kitchen have been designed so that water flows in a natural and beautiful way from one sculpted element to the next. Even the water itself flows from an actual nautilus shell used as a faucet. Upstairs, sleeping chambers are round and cozy, lit with skylights, and come with built-in shell-shaped beds. To top it off, this incredible house has a spectacular view of the nearby mountains. Everyday would be like waking up in a dream…or inside a giant cephalopod. Senosiain’s current project is a ten-unit housing development called the “Quetzalcoatl Nest,” which is equally impressive and astonishing. He is also responsible for other bio-homes in Western Mexico like the flower house, the whale house, the snake house, and the shark house, where Senosiain himself lives.

The Nautilus House, Mexico. Some rights reserved by ButterflyMahfuz (flickr).

The Nautilus House, Mexico. Some rights reserved by ButterflyMahfuz (flickr).