The Ensculptic House, also known as the Mushroom House, was built in 1969 and was, for intents and purposes, way before its time.
Architecturally speaking, its flowing lines and rounded archways, and deeply recessed nooks and crannies give this home a post-modern-old time feel and pay homage to ancient building techniques while keeping with the modern design principles.
The aesthetic similarities with cob homes is striking. But that’s where it stops. Unlike cob, the home is built with nylon cables as supports, fiberglass, burlap, and spray-on polyurethane foam.
“…The home was built in the summer of 1969, when experimental architect Winslow Wedin road-tripped up to Minnesota from Auburn University with seven architecture students. They camped out all summer, stringing three-quarter-inch nylon cables into a spiderweb pattern and fitting custom-made burlap into the open spaces. Then they sprayed polyurethane foam which turned rock-hard in about 30 seconds over the entire structure…” via: Star Tribune
This home is a phenomenal example of ingenuity and eccentric design implementation. The artistic flow and grandeur of this hobbit-like abode is certainly not lost on anyone viewing the property for the first time. Who knows, this home could be the next MILLION DOLLAR home based on its unique one-of-a-kind design alone.
One thing is for sure, it’s a beautiful example of quirky yet elegant home building.
This home has some serious character!