First look: Peter Pichler's 'Mirror house'
In the mountains of Northern Italy
Nestled in an orchard in the foothills the Dolomite mountains in northern Italy lies ‘The Mirror House’, a luxury guest house – split into two apartments – designed by local architect Peter Pichler. The brief was to design a discreet and private guest house that could be rented out by its owners, who live in a 1960’s farmhouse on the same land.
Discreet – it certainly is. Constructed with an exclusively mirrored glass exterior the house almost disappears into the surrounding foliage, instead of seeing a residential structure onlookers will simply see the orchards and the nearby mountains reflected back at them.
The structure floats on a base above the ground evoking lightness but also offering better views from the cantilevering terraces to the impressive surrounding landscape. The mirrored glass on the west facade borders with the garden of the permanent residents, and at sunset it catches the encompassing panorama making the mirror house almost invisible.
The interiors of each apartment feature two bedrooms nested inside a minimalist white interior, which is characterised by generous skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows.