Mirrored Houses that Blend with Surrounding Landscape – Mirage by Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken is the mastermind behind these mind-bending buildings. Blending with the surrounding landscape these houses act as an inverted kaleidoscope. The first one Aitken built was in 2017 in California where the San Jacinto mountains open into the Coachella valley. A ranch-style suburban home that he named Mirage, reflected desert, mountains, and visitors as well, as it was a part of the outdoor art exhibition – Desert X. The second project with a similar idea was Mirage Gstaad. The mountain town in Switzerland was a place for the Elevation 1049 in 2019 – a series of site-specific installations. Aitken once again applied his design of exterior almost entirely made of mirrored surfaces. With the snow that had fallen after the house was built, the house almost disappeared in its echoing existence. All materials for the structure were gathered in a collaboration with local authorities. While being cautious for the safety of birds they added aluminum stripes. The project was finished and ready for display back in February of 2019. It will also be free for visits for the next two years. You can find information here about the location and directions on how to get there. Check out Doug Aitken’s Instagram to see his latest work.

Mirage Gstaad, 2019, open for free visits next to years

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Mirage in California 2017 now closed

Photo by: Lance Gerber
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Mirage was a part of the outdoor art exhibition in 2017 – Desert X

Photo by: Lance Gerber
Photo by: Lance Gerber
Photo by: Lance Gerber

A ranch-style suburban home that acts like an inverted kaleidoscope

Photo by: Lance Gerber
Photo by: Lance Gerber

This was artist’s second Mirage house project

Photo by: Stefan Altenburger

“Mirage Gstaad” was a part of the “Elevation 1049” in the year of 2019

Photo by: Stefan Altenburger
Photo by: Stefan Altenburger

It will be open for free visits until 2021

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Location: Gstaad, Switzerland

Photo by: Stefan Altenburger
Photo by: Stefan Altenburger – via [thisiscolossal]