Jellyfish House | Spain
Firstly, isn’t the name alone intriguing? The “Jellyfish House”!? Well, it’s probably the images that first sold you anyway. After all, you don’t see a glass-bottom pool everyday. Can you imagine: you go for a swim, only to see the interior of your house from underwater. Or better yet, you’re relaxing inside the house only to see this out of your peripherals: your guests seeing who can hold their breath underwater the longest. This isn’t a hypothetical; this can actually happen in the Jellyfish House as you can scroll through the gallery above to get a sense of how exactly.
I’ve loved the idea of the glass-bottom pool ever since Doug & Steve Butabi suggested it in A Night At The Roxbury (seriously, ha!), and I haven’t seen it executed quite like this. On top of that, the Jellyfish House’s pool is an infinity pool (!) that wonderfully blends into the scenery around the house.
Another feature I really enjoy is the ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ stairs. The ‘fast’ stairway is glass-enclosed and starts from the exterior, going straight up to the rooftop. So on those hot days in Marbella, Spain (you know, next time you’re there), you can just walk right up to the pool. The ‘slow’ staircase is the exact opposite: it stretches horizontally throughout the entire length of the house and features long treads that really stress the amount of ground covered. That contrast highlights each individual stairway even more.
I’ll let the architects, Wiel Arets Architects, have the final summation:
Taking full advantage of the ever-present Spanish sun, the Jellyfish House is an avant-garde expression of luxurious living; as most of its façades can be opened, and as its staircases are mainly outdoor, the house’s ever shifting boundaries between inside and outside are curiously blurred.