Architecture – ‘Death by architecture’ is the fate of billions of birds worldwide as they crash on houses and skyscrapers’ reflecting surfaces. Peter Pichler Architecture’s Mirror Houses in the Dolomites in northern Italy is sensitive to fauna and landscape.
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Because “Architecture mustn’t compete with landscape, but blend with it,” believes the studio’s founder Peter Pichler. A former farm has been turned into an exclusive and contemporary residence plunged into an apple trees orchard just outside the city of Bolzano.
Two floating jointed homes overlook the alpine panorama. Guests have their autonomous apartment and can fully enjoy the experience of living in the middle of nature with the maximum degree of privacy. Each unit features a kitchen/living room, a bath and bedroom with big skylights that open to allow natural light and ventilation. A small basement serves for temporary storage.
The projects initial volume is split in 2 units that are slightly shifted in height and length in order to loosening the entire structure and articulating each unit. The volume opens towards east with a big glass facade that fades with curvilinear lines into the black aluminium shell.
Mirrored glass on the west facade borders the garden of the client with the units and catches the surrounding panorama while making the units almost invisible. The mirrored walls feature an anti-reflection film reducing UV rays so that birds won’t get confused.
“From certain views of the clients garden the old existing farmhouse is mirrored in the new contemporary architecture and is literally blending into it rather then competing against.” Explains Peter Pichler. On the back, the architecture completely disappear in the landscape granting the maximum privacy.
Mirror Houses is one of the projects on show at Can creativity save animals’ lives?, the virtual design exhibition curated by Archipanic for Monkey 47 dry gin at Isola Design District. The exhibition features also works by Elena Salmistraro, Italy, Porky Hefer, South Africa, Atelier Boelhouwer, the Netherlands and Charlotte Mary Pack, UK.
Mirror Houses by Peter Pichler Architecture – All photos by Oscar da Riz, courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture.
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