If you happen to be walking around the hills near Mexico City, you might stumble upon this unusual sight: a remarkable peanut-shaped home designed by leading bioarchitect Javier Senosiain. The Mexican architect is well-known for his organic architecture – to date he has built houses inspired by the shape of a snake, a shark, a flower and a mushroom. “The straight line is pretty much absent from nature: everything from microorganisms to the macrocosm, from DNA strands to galaxies, shifts in spirals,” explains the 68-year-old.
After years of researching bioarchitecture, Senosiain set out to build his first project – a one-bedroom home set partially underground on a grassy hillside. The Casa Organica (The Organic House), as it is now known, is covered in grass, creating a luscious, vivid and very much alive rooftop which also protects against heat and cold, while the cave-like yet very refined interior is dizzying and unexpectedly warm.
Senosiain designed the unique home to seamlessly integrate with the natural landscape: “The green dune wraps itself around the inside spaces almost completely, rendering it almost invisible so that, from the outside, all one sees are grass, bushes, trees and flowers.”
The architect sought to create a space that completely embraces the human body, similar to a womb, an animal’s lair or an igloo.