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Shell Residence / William Starke Shell


This one-bedroom, one-bath boxy home in Tennessee was just listed and according to agent Barbara Apking, the offers are already rolling in. Built by long time University of Tennessee architecture professor William Starke Shell, the 150 square metre home features a flat roof, 12-by-12 steel beams, and huge glass panels. Located on an 24 metre cliff on 1.2 acres in a South Knoxville neighbourhood, the home took over a decade for Shell to build by himself; Shell worked as the designer, general contractor, project manager, and labourer. The all-glass walls still feel private thanks to a green forest of pines, dogwoods, and maples and a lack of neighbours. Shell called the house a residential pavilion for a retired person, and in 2015 it won an American Institute of Architects East Tennessee Merit Award for its design — via Curbed

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