Have I ever mentioned that I am a writer? My current project is a work of fantasy. One really fantastic aspect about writing fantasy is you get to create worlds. Sometimes you know exactly what you want, other times you look for inspiration. I find inspiration all around me. For example, Shell House by architect Javier Senosiain can inspire minds looking for bright, vibrant colors and a touch of whimsy.
Did I also tell you that I originally started college as an architect major? My parents were so proud. Apparently, the school accepted very few in this department and I had been lucky enough to make the cut. But it only took me a few classes to realize I didn’t want to spend the rest of my days creating designs for someone else’s company name, working as a drone. I may have left the major, but my love for design never died.
When it came time for me to create a special place for one of my character’s in my second book, I already knew what I wanted – something that worked with the natural environment in which it stood. It’s not hard to see why I was so taken in when I stumbled upon pictures of Simon Dale’s quaint Eco Home. Sure, it’s a little “Lord of the Rings,” but that’s not what I’m going for and my home isn’t hobbit size. I wanted what Simon had with a few minor upgrades – sorry, you’ll have to wait for the book to find out what those are. Take a few minutes and check out this unique beauty.
Simon Dale estimates it took about 1500 man hours/4 months to build this home. He took on the task armed with a hammer and chainsaw. Only scavenged and secondhand materials were used to make it come alive. It’s the natural wood frame and turf roof that draws me to this little gem. He didn’t set out planning such a hobbit style design. It happened organically through the use of natural materials. Simon Dale moved into the home upon completion with his wife and kids. The site and situation had been ideal for their needs. Simon, wanting to keep cost to a minimum had been offered the land free of charge. The owner simply wanted someone to care for the property. Today, Simon and his family have moved on to another exciting project. Could you imagine being the family to move in this little dream after them?
Still looking for inspiration in your art? You don’t need to be a writer for inspiration. Painters, sculptors, sketch artists and more can use a little charge now and again. Check out this collection of unique works of architecture. Maybe you’ll see something you’re looking for. There are some fantastic buildings.
Did you see any particular building that caught your fancy? Maybe something you want represented in your next manuscript or painting? What about the Eco House or Shell House? Have we become too accustomed to central heating and air to consider living in such works of art? Are they nothing more than inspiration at the end of the day?
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