|The spiral is based on
the Golden Section. The Fibonacci series
(1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21.....)was used to create the spiral and will be
used when the slab is designed and poured, giving a foundation
based in sacred geometry.
The ferro-cement shell will be an
interesting experiment. A rebar armature will be created that will
be covered with wire and chicken wire and then a layer of shot-crete
or gunite will be put on the outside. Under the shot-crete will be
layers of styrofoam insulation. The styrofoam will then be covered
with another layer of chicken wire and plastered for the interior
finish. We will probably also include lots of mosaic in the
ceiling and walls of the house.
The center of the spiral house will
be an open-air courtyard. This protected and totally private space
will provide light and ventilation to most of the rooms of the
house as well as being a great place to sit. It's the courtyard
that makes the nautilus shell "work" as a comfortable
and useful design for a living space.
In addition to being an unusual and
aesthetic space in which to live, the spiral house will also be
energy-efficient. The placement of the windows creates a passive
solar design. There will be very little wood used in the
construction. I will try to use non-toxic materials, too.
It is likely that it will take
several years to build the spiral house. Because of this, we will
build our art studio first. It will include a kitchen
and bathroom so we can live in it while we build the spiral