Cool Spaces: The Lumishell

WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring

French architect Christophe Benichou has collaborated with aluminium frame manufacturer Lumicene to create a prefabricated house that can withstand even the toughest weather conditions.

Shaped like a bean or peanut, the 40 m2 aluminium-covered structure features a bedroom, kitchen, living room and bathroom.

The idea is that the dwelling be placed in nature. “It is a comfortable cocoon that offers the sensitive experience of being transplanted in the heart of nature while enjoying the inside comfort,” says Christophe on his website. “The whole is wrapped with a protective aluminium skin, which appears as if it is folding and shrinking to seemingly recover the original fœtal position,” he adds.

The large curved windows create an indoor-outdoor flow, as well as providing panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

You can pre-order the Lumishell now, with worldwide delivery starting in 2018. For more information, visit