06/ Mirror Houses
Bolzano / Italy







Bolzano, Italy


Hospitality and Leisure


Completed Work

  • YEAR : 2015
  • LOCATION : Bolzano, Italy
  • TYPOLOGY : Hospitality and Leisure
  • STATUS : Completed Work

The site of the project is located amid apple orchards close to Bolzano, north Italy, and is surrounded by the spectacular mountains of the Dolomites.
The client, who lives in a farmhouse of the 60s on the site, asked to design a structure for renting out as a luxury holiday units, so guests have their small autonomous apartment and can fully enjoy the experience to live in the middle of nature. A maximum degree of privacy for both the client and the residing guests should be taken into consideration.
The new structure is oriented towards the east with their private garden and an autonomous access and parking for their guests. Each unit contains a kitchen/living room as well as a bath- and bedroom with big openable skylights to allow natural light and ventilation. A small basement serves for temporary storage. The project’s initial volume is split into 2 units that are slightly shifted in height and length to loosening the entire structure and articulating each unit. Both units are floating on a base above the ground evoking lightness beside offering better views from their cantilevering terraces to the impressive surrounding landscape. The volume opens towards the east with a big glass facade that fades with curvilinear lines into the black aluminum shell. The mirrored glass on the west facade borders the garden of the client with the units and catches the surrounding panorama with the pool while making the units almost invisible.

Direct commission

Design team: Peter Pichler

GFA: 80 m2

Construction company: Bernard Bau

MEP: Johann Mayr

Client: Staffler

Photography: Oskar Da Riz