Mirror Houses project has a clear and contemporary language, both for the materials and the shape. You decided to use mirrored surfaces so that the structure would blend in with the surrounding apple orchards. This demonstrates that it is possible to create a contemporary architecture perfectly integrated with the territory without using materials that can be found locally. What is the relationship you have with the context when making your projects?
The context is essential.
Now we have several active projects in many different countries where we are making studies and analysis that go beyond the physical and immediate context. Cultural parameters become significant and they strongly affect our projects. History, people’s minds, technology and culture are important elements that need to be taken into account when drafting a project. We always try to take these parameters and reinterpret them in a new and more contemporary way. So basically, social and cultural aspects of the location become the filters of our projects.
In Oberholz Mountain Hut project, whether you see the layout or the aerial view, you can see very well how a singular volume turns into three. What inspired you? Could you please tell us more about the project?
The idea always starts from the context.
We inspected and analyzed the place and we find out that there were lot of huts built with wood, that is a material that can be easily found in the area. Talking about sustainability, the relationship that people have with materials still exists. Another typical feature of the area is the sloped roof shape. Starting from these elements we decided to reinterpret them in a contemporary way. For project needs, we had to host a number of people within a quite small space, but still avoiding a “canteen effect;” our main goal was to find a solution to come up with intimate spaces. From the above reflections and needs it comes the idea of creating three different volumes that gradually develop and face towards the mountains, making the latter the main characters.