Mirrored Modular Housing Creates Casa Invisible in Austria
ALUCOBOND NaturAL Reflects the Natural Landscape
The mirrored surfaces of this modular housing unit in Slovenia, by Austrian studio Delugan Meissl, help it to blend in with the surrounding countryside.
The impact of the existing landscape was the main incentive for choosing ALUCOBOND naturAL reflect cladding for the prototypes, which, combined with their minimal sustainable impact, led to the architects naming the project Casa Invisibile.
“The invisibility of the house functions in a double sense”, the architects explained. “The mirrored façade lets the beautiful countryside come forth but the house is also invisible in the sense that it leaves practically no footprint behind.”
Casa Invisibile is a flexible housing unit, which consists of a prefabricated wood structure designed for turnkey implementation at any designated site.
Maximum flexibility and spatial quality are the key elements in its development concept. The open layout is structured by a chimney and a wet cell creating three spatial units that facilitate individual use and design. Through modular element construction and the intensive use of wood, the housing units can be completely disassembled thus minimising their environmental footprint. Sliding sections in the façade can be pulled aside like curtains to reveal full-height glass doors that fill the wood-lined interior with natural light.
Technical Project Details
- Project: Casa Invisibile | Austria
- Architects: DMAA Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Vienna | Austria
- Façade System: Glued
- Year of Construction: 2013
- Product: ALUCOBOND naturAL reflect
- Photos: Christian Brandstätter