House-shell on the island of Isla Mujeres

Fads of talented people are often difficult to understand, not to mention the motivation of one or another of their actions. At the same time, the situation is aggravated if this person is quite rich. Perhaps the house-shell of the Mexican artist-surrealist Octavio Ocampo is exactly this case.

Conch Shell House or Shell House

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The price of the matter is that the well-known and no less wealthy Mexican surrealist artist Octavio Ocampo, along with his brother, no less famous in Mexico, the architect Eduardo, have conceived the idea of realizing their own, rather original project — the shell house. Which according to their idea should embody not only the unity of man with Mexican nature, but also fit organically into the landscape of the small island of Isla Mujeres, which is only ten kilometers from the most popular resort of Mexico Cancun.

And here, brothers, proceeding from the general concept of their creative project, they decided that, as a basic building material, at least there should be the same shell, which on the coast of the island is quite a decent number. And as the brothers themselves say, having crushed a rather large amount of this building and finishing material and adding it to the cement, they got a dazzling white construction of the house.

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Conch Shell House bridal hotel

And if for the time being to omit the description of the exterior solution of this mansion and the interior interior made in the same «shell» style, then the second no less interesting feature of this shell house is the fact that neither Octavio Ocampo nor his brother Eduardo live in this house . And, turning it into a kind of hotel, they rent it for a few symbolic sum. And, if you believe in the advertising brochure, this commercial project, it’s only $ 225 per day, true, without the cost of electricity expended by the guests, and the cost of water necessary to fill a fairly decent pool.

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This, of course, is not the Hilton in the center of Moscow or the Radisson Royal in Acapulco, but it is probably this that explains the decent popularity of Conch Shell House among the newlyweds who can not spend so much all day on the Caribbean coast, admiring the sunset terrace from the second floor. But in any case, when planning your trip to Mexico in the future, it’s probably worth knowing that if you do not get a night’s lodging in Cancun, you can easily get to Isla Mujeres by hiring a small boat. And there not only to admire this amazing creation Octavio Ocampo, but if you’re lucky, then spend the night in Conch Shell House for only 225 dollars a day.