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Conch Shell House, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Location: Island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Date: unknown

Architect: Octavio Ocampo

Purpose: private house, also available for rent

More info: The Conch Shell Hose is said to be the most outstanding and original house in the island of Isla Mujeres. Surrounded by Caribbean Ocean (180 degrees of ocean views from the windows) it gives you an unique opportunity to experience what it’s like living in a Sea Shell. The conch shell house was built using a fairly traditional foundation, such as concrete, as well as recycled and found materials. The owner of the house Octavio Ocampo is a well known artist, whose brother Eduardo is an architect (he also has a house on that island, but a more traditional).

If you enter the house you would be surrounded by a wonderful shell themed interior. The main room has no corners – it is round. The upstairs bathroom sink is made out of the base of a conch shell, the faucets are made out of coral, the towel racks are made from conch shells and other seashells and items found on the local beach.

Some technical info: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 5500 sq. ft. , 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath, near the ocean, swimming pool, air-conditioning, internet access.

(Image credits: Mark Stadnik)

(Image credits: Mark Stadnik)

(Image credits: Tim Yates)

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11 Responses to “Conch Shell House, Isla Mujeres, Mexico”

  1. Gini Araiza Says:
    January 16th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Absolutely amazing and oh, soooo beautiful. I could definitely live in it. Very unique and asthetically gorgeous.

  2. liz mitchell Says:
    January 17th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Not surprised to see this house on this fabulous website. I shot several of particular one on Isla Mujeres but not lucky enough to see the inside. Thanks for the info.

  3. olabrown Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Fantastic work that makes earth looks like heaven.

  4. olabrown Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    make do with what God has bless you with.

  5. Kristen Says:
    May 5th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    This house is not standing anymore. Hurricane Wilma in 2005 took it. Bummer we didn’t find out until after we drove the entire island in a goft cart looking for it!

  6. Martin Says:
    May 8th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    thanks for the information kristen, I don’t know that the hurricane Wilma sweep away this shell house.

  7. Lisa Says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Yes, this house is still standing. We were there in February and we got plenty of pictures of it. Very neat.

  8. Aerin Says:
    May 23rd, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I was just on the island may 6-13 2009 and the house is still there. not sure how you could have missed it. Amazing home! Worth the time to find it

  9. Nicole Says:
    June 30th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    How much is it to stay here per night US dollars? Is it still available for rent?

  10. Angelique van der Meijden Says:
    July 19th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I would like to come in contact with Messrs Eduardo Ocampo about the possible design of a similar shell house on coast of Europe. Thank you !

  11. Heather Says:
    August 2nd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    We saw this house last summer while in Isla Mujeres. Firts saw it in 2004. So unusual, but very sight worthy. Did not know it was for rent for vacations. WIll have to look into that!