Contemporary, high class vacation in South Tyrol
Bolzano, Italie, 2014STATUS: built TYPE: residential units CLIENT: Staffler COSTS: confidential PHOTOGRAPHY: Oskar Da RizThe Mirror Houses are a pair of holiday homes, set in the marvellous surroundings of the South Tyrolean Dolomites, amidst a beautiful scenery of appletrees, just outside the city of Bolzano. They were designed by architect Peter Pichler. The Mirror houses offer a unique chance to spend a beautiful vacation surrounded by contemporary architecture of the highest standards and the most astonishing Landscape and beauty nature has to offer.
The client, who lives in a restructured farmhouse of the 60s on the site, asked to design a structure for renting out as luxury holiday units. Guests have their small autonomous apartment and can fully enjoy the experience of living in the middle of nature. A maximum degree of privacy for both the client and the residing guest should be taken into consideration.
The new structure is oriented towards east with their private garden and an autonomous access and parking for the guests. Each unit contains a kitchen / living room as well as 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.
Both units are floating on a base above the ground evoking lightness besides offering better views from their cantilevering terraces to the impressive surrounding landscape. 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 glass is laminated with an UV coating preventing birds collision. 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.
Peter Pichler was born in Bolzano, Italy in 1982. He was studying Architecture at the university of applied Arts Vienna and in the US at the university of California, returning back to Vienna where he graduated with distinction in the masterclass of Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher.
Already during his studies Peter is joining Zaha Hadid in London, where he worked on several competitions covering all scales and on the award winning Nordkettenbahn in Innsbruck. He spent a while in Rotterdam working for Rem Koolhaas after turning back to Vienna and joining the team of Delugan Meissl, collaborating on an award winning concert hall in Amman, Jordan. After finishing his diploma Peter goes to Hamburg where he is working for Zaha Hadid as a project architect on the new library and learning center in Vienna and on a 150.000m² mixed used development in Bratislava. He turns then back to Italy in 2013 and establishes Peter Pichler Architecture.
Peter Pichler is a registered Architect in Italy and member of the chamber of architects of the autonomous Province of Bolzano. He was nominated as young italian talent by the national chamber of architects in Italy.
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