mirror houses by peter pichler reflect the mountains of northern italy mirror houses by peter pichler reflect the mountains of northern italy
dec 12, 2014

mirror houses by peter pichler reflect the mountains of northern italy

mirror houses by peter pichler reflect the mountains of northern italy
photo © oskar da riz
all images courtesy of peter pichler architecture

 

 

 

located in the south tyrol region of northern italy outside the city of bolzano, two holiday dwellings sit side by side while clad in mirrored glass on their west façades to reflect the surrounding dolomites mountains. the rent-able vacation units were designed by local architect peter pichler, and provide an idyllic getaway surrounded by apple orchards. the units’ long elevations, clad in black aluminum, feature a distinctive curvilinear-lined profile that peels open from west to east. the two volumes have varying heights and lengths for compositional differentiation, while both visually float above the landscape with a recessed foundation.

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the two dwellings have varying heights and lengths for compositional differentiation
photo © oskar da riz

 

 

 

the autonomous ‘mirror houses’ each feature separate balconies as well as their own gardens and access paths. the interiors are enclosed with full height glass walls providing expansive views to the orchards and mountains, while sliding open to connect the living spaces with the outdoor terraces. operable skylights are located above the bed and bathroom for illumination and ventilation. behind, the mirrored exterior surfaces have been laminated in UV coating to mitigate bird collisions.

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the volumes visually float above the landscape, elevated by a recessed foundation
photo © oskar da riz

peter pichler mirror houses north italy designboom

both vacation homes open onto patios toward the east
photo © oskar da riz

peter pichler mirror houses north italy designboom

photo © oskar da riz

peter pichler mirror houses north italy designboom

the units’ long elevations feature distinct profiles that peel open from west to east
photo © oskar da riz

peter pichler mirror houses north italy designboom

photo © oskar da riz

peter pichler mirror houses north italy designboom

full height glass walls provide large panoramas of the surrounding apple orchards and mountains
photo © oskar da riz

peter pichler mirror houses north italy designboom

skylights are located above the bedroom and bathroom
photo © oskar da riz

peter pichler mirror houses north italy designboom

the autonomous dwellings and their balconies are separated by a continuous wall
photo © oskar da riz

peter pichler mirror houses north italy designboom

photo © oskar da riz

 

 

 

 

project info:

 

location: bolzano, italy
client: angela sabine staffler
architecture: peter pichler architecture
photography: oskar da riz, nicolò degiorgis

  • Excelente, clean and minimalist design. Congratulations to peter pichler architecture.

    Guillermo García N. says:
  • These types of highly reflective buildings, while beautiful, kill many species of birds (especially when it reflects natural settings like trees, etc).

    Kelsey says:
  • I was going to say the same thing Kelsey but I read the text, and learned that there is a coating on the glass that makes it non-reflective to birds.

    Gordon says:
  • Google search result,

    As noted, birds can see UV light, but humans cannot. This is the principle behind UV-reflective glass. One product offers glass with a UV-reflective twig pattern applied as a coating on the #2 surface. The pattern is nearly invisible to humans, but can be seen by birds. This product has been used for several years in Europe, but only recently in a few North American locations. This too needs to develop the technology to allow it to be placed on the #1 surface to overcome reflections and allow for high-performance coatings to be placed on the #2 surface in order to meet energy requirements.”

    Gordon says:

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