clibanarius
The Clibanarius, commonly known as the ‘Hermit Crab’, is an invertebrate sea creature which occupies empty shells to protect itself against the exterior environment.
Like a kind of borrowed skin which as such, is not made to measure, but is size XXL, much bigger than needed.
A skin big enough to create a space between the crab’s skin and the shell.
But, what would a building with a shell be like?
Published on: 
2012
Architecture
  • CLIBANARIUS

    The Clibanarius, commonly known as the ‘Hermit Crab’, is an invertebrate sea creature which occupies empty shells to protect itself against the exterior environment.
    Like a kind of borrowed skin which as such, is not made to measure, but is size XXL, much bigger than needed.
    A skin big enough to create a space between the crab’s skin and the shell.
    But, what would a building with a shell be like?


    Clibanarius House has an exterior skin, like a shell, capable of adjusting and protecting the building from environmental conditions. But a skin sufficiently apart separated from the building as to create an intermediate space. A cushion half way between the inner closed body and the exterior lattice skin. An adjustable protection space.


    The two houses are designed as a single building formed by a parallelepiped 10 m x 17 m approximately. Around this volume we fit a climatic protection skin, coinciding with the exterior alignments, thus creating an intermediate space with different widths, which vary from 0.90 m to 1.80 m. Maternal wombs, as the hedonistic space of the houses, are placed like a prosthesis between the exterior skin and the interior volume..
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