Description by Christophe Benichou
LUMISHELL is a prefab curved dwelling intended to be implanted in the Heart of Nature.
It offers a comfortable cocoon to escape from the urban life through immersive stays in the wilderness. Its design is a response to the aim of blurring the distinction between indoor and outdoor space in a unique way, to offer the experience of being outside while enjoying the inside comfort.
LUMISHELL is born out of the meeting between CHRISTOPHE BENICHOU, a young and passionate Architect & Engineer, and LUMICENE, an innovative company developing a concept of curved & reversible sliding windows of the same name. This fruitful collaboration fostered this small-sized accommodation highlighted by two LUMICENEs, respectively housing a living room and a bedroom. Both rooms provide unique panoramic views and can be occasionally transformed into outdoor spaces to enhance the feeling of being transplanted in the middle of vast scapes. Various mirrors also create reflections that diffuse the landscape in the heart of the dwelling. The whole is wrapped with a protective aluminium skin, which appears as folding and shrinking to seemingly recover the original foetal position. Thus, standing alone in the boundless landscape, LUMISHELL appears as a humble and welcoming shell, a comfy cocoon in the wilderness. Most images presented here feature the bolivian Salar de Uyuni, a vast and lunar salt desert, as if this shell-like house was expecting the high tide return.