Updated: October 3, 2009
This house was designed during my organic inspiration stage, when I translated natural shapes into architecture. The snail shape is doubly suited for home design, being an actual home for the slug and having a built-in inward flow. The design follows the natural curve of the shell, ever going inward: starting with the common areas, moving on to the kitchen and the family den, then the home office, the guest bedroom and bathroom, and eventually to the master suite with its dressing room and bathroom.
This design wasn't easy. The curved walls influence the positioning of the furniture, and sometimes it is simply impossible to place certain items next to them. As you can see, there are several places where I was forced to add regular walls in order to make my design project run smoother. In real life, it is quite possible to have curved cabinetry and countertops, you just need to contact the relevant professional.
Don't panic. This isn't all that complicated, considering that I omitted so many features, like lighting switches, airing vents, curtains, and many other things that must exist in a proper house. The focus here is on the shape and flow, so the plan is not as detailed as it should be.
The house area is 192m2 and consists of a large dining and reception room, kitchen, family den, and three bedrooms. In this design, one of the bedrooms is an office, but it can easily double as a bedroom for guests. There are three bathrooms. One is a small guest bathroom, right off the living room and the other two are located deeper within the house. There is also a small utility room and a dressing room in the master suite.
And this what the actual floorplan looks like; the green lines are outer walls, the yellow ones are inner walls, the red objects are lighting fixtures, and the gray lines are furniture.
Here you can see the inner rooms more closely, especially the places where I had to add straight walls.
The large reception room and dining room are divided by a small entry room. In hot/cold climates, an interior door could be fitted opposite the main doorway, to serve as a heat/cold regulator.
The color scheme for the common area is very neutral, consisting of creams and blacks. Character can be added through soft furnishing, like curtains, pillows and rugs.
The kitchen is very streamlined because of the built-in appliances, like the smaller undercounter fridges that blend right into the cabinets. There are two floor-to-ceiling posts with built-in glass shelves that serve as an airy divider, creating the illusion of a hallway without closing in the kitchen by putting in actual walls.
Here's a glimpse into the bedrooms. The wall colors are a bit dark, but, the white furniture contrasts that rather well.
Finally, this is a closer look at the guest and master bathrooms. Due to software constraints I couldn't position the desperately needed skylights. So, please pretend they are there, adding natural daylight to these rooms.
And a nice external view. True, the rendered house design does not blend perfectly into the surrounding, but it gives a good indication of what it might look like.
This sort of house, with such an unusual organic shape, doesn't have to be reserved for architects and designers. If you use local materials and a good contractor you too can have a unique home.