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Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashells

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashell mosaics. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashells. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

World’s most famous house, decorated with shells, located in the Spanish city of Salamanca, its facade is decorated with three hundred shells. But in China’s Shandong Province on the island of Lingshan there is a building of shells. A self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng spent two years trying to turn his traditional Chinese home into a real marine wonder. The total area of the outside of the building – 1500 sq.m. 58-year-old merman Xiao Yongsheng doesn’t regret about time and effort to decorate the house with seafood found on his own private beach.

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashells. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashells. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

One morning after a swimming, he saw an unusual shell, and then he got the idea of a wonderful design. During his work, he found a variety of seashells – diameter from a few millimeters to giant specimens weighing up to four pounds! This natural building material master used in different ways – for external walls, tiles, door handles and mosaics.

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashells. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashells. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Xiao Yongsheng said that he did not try to turn his home into a museum piece, decorated it, first of all, to himself. Now, however, enthusiastically demonstrates his creation, telling about the life of the local fishermen. House decorated with seashells, has become the most popular architectural landmark on the island of Lingshan.

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashells. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashell mosaics. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Xiao Yongsheng says, “I’d always liked shells but it never struck me to use them until I was walking on a beach one morning and came across a very unusually colored clam shell and then it hit me. I realized I was sitting next to a huge, free supply of beautiful building material?”
Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashell mosaics. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashells. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashells. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashells. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashell mosaics. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashells

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashell mosaics. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashell mosaics. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashells. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashell mosaics. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashell mosaics. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashell mosaics. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashell mosaics. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashell mosaics. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashell mosaics. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashell mosaics. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashell mosaics. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

The world is a unique place, and the island Fadiut in Senegal is composed entirely of seashells, there you can see not only the unusual houses, but to walk on the snow-white blinding “carpet” of shells.

Shells in Joal-Fadiut are used in construction and exterior finish of buildings, they lined the streets

Shells in Joal-Fadiut are used in construction and exterior finish of buildings, they lined the streets

Senegalese village of Joal-Fadiut – one of the most interesting places on the planet. Despite the fact that the snow does not happen in Africa, traveling on her snow-white glare streets, tourists constantly hear crunching underfoot. The reason for this is simple – Fadiut island on which the fishing village, is composed entirely of shells.

source http://news.chengdu.cn/content/2014-09/30/content_1553739.htm?node=481&c=0