An Artist Creates a Mirror House That Blends Into Its Landscape and Changes Every Moment
Architecture in the 21st century has evolved with leaps and bounds where you have amazing and mind-blowing constructions today. But then there are always the perfectionists who create masterpieces and more so affordable ones that look stunning because of the unique creativity. One American artist Doug Aitken created simple looking houses except for one aspect that made them stand out and changes in design, color and ambience with every location. He created houses with mirror and as you can see the results are mind-boggling.
1 The mirror home blends right into the landscape
What makes Aitkens mirror houses so unique are that they change with every moment of the day, reflecting its surroundings; his houses take in different shades, colors and emotions depending on the season, the time of day and every aspect of nature. His houses merge into their landscapes and become one with nature.
2A ranch-style glass home on exhibit in Gstaad Switzerland
Aitken’s prize work is a ranch style home called Mirage Gstaad that was placed in different locations namely the Swiss Alps. The ranch style home is completely clad in mirrors and now the structure has been placed in the Swiss Alps right in the lap of snow-clad peaks of Switzerland. The effect as such is amazing as you can see from the picture below.
3It is fully camouflaged by the reflection of its surroundings
Mirage Gstaad sits well-camouflaged amidst the mountains and beautiful greenery of evergreen trees. In summer, when there is not much snow, the atmosphere and look of the house changes entirely blending in with its natural surroundings.
4It blends into the landscape
In winter Mirage Gstaad is totally in sync with its surroundings where the house disappears into the landscape becoming one with it. It isn’t just a work of art, it is a totally liveable structure complete with rooms, bedrooms, toilet and kitchen. The interiors also consist of mirrored walls and a ceiling. The interiors that are angular have a kaleidoscopic effect that bends light creating reflections that you will never even expect.
5Inspired by architecture of the West
Doug Aitken’s mirror house has been inspired by a 20th-century ranch home designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Aitken draws inspiration by the architecture if the West where he has integrated a twofold intention for Mirage Gstaad. The home is also an echo chamber that creates a continual feedback loop of raw nature interrupted by a manmade object.