We've seen building facades that "reflect the surrounding environment" but Berlaskoni Architecture Bureau's prefabricated Mirror Mongayt home in Moscow takes the phrase to literal levels. The south-facing pixelated mirror facade that reflects the nearby landscape was designed as a temporary art program that is changed every eight years. All of the wood used to frame the house, which is disguised by the mirrors, was sourced locally and insulation is made of recycled eco-wool.
Mirror Mongayt was built in stages in order to save costs, starting with the lower 180 square meter floor and followed by two 90 square meter additions. The home’s universal screw-pile foundation shortened construction time and allowed the homeowner to bypass an otherwise necessary geological survey, and the simple prefab wooden frame was assembled on site and insulated using sustainable materials.
The mirror facade transforms an otherwise regular home with a monopitch roof into a striking work of art that can be manipulated over time to reflect the changing seasons. The interior features an expansive space connected by a simple wooden staircase framed with diagonal wooden poles, along with great views and plenty of natural light. This is the next installation in a series of Russian villas designed by Berlaskoni, but it’s definitely not the last.
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