Austria – Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Built Area: 50.0 m2
Year Built: 2013
Photographs: Christian Brandstaetter
Casa Invisible is a residential building with a completely reflective façade. This allows the structure to blend seamlessly with its surroundings. It’s a prefabricated and transportable unit that can be assembled and placed almost anywhere. Because of its size – a total area of 4.5 x 3.5 m – the house has a small environmental footprint. Plus, it’s easily transportable by truck.
Despite the petite dimensions, the architects focused on quality and comfort. The space is divided into three parts – living, sleeping, and kitchen/dining areas. Generous-sized windows allow plenty of natural light in while allowing unrestricted views of the surrounding landscape. Furthermore, the interior surfaces are clad in local timber, creating a warm, cozy atmosphere.
An innovative design such as this has realized a living concept that provides easy transport and quick assembly. Additionally, its unique façade allows the house to fit anywhere and blend with the environment. To put it simply, Casa Invisible has introduced a home that smoothly switches between nature and structure.
Notes from the Architect:
Casa Invisible 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 concept of development. The open layout is structured by a chimney and a wet cell creating three spatial units that provide for individual use and design.
The structure and ambience of the rooms are characterised by the use of domestic woods. The mounting framework and fitments of the housing unit are exclusively assembled from prefabricated elements at the factory. The overall dimensions are 14.50 x 3.50 meters, which provides for easy transportation by lorry. De- sign and texture of the interior design and façade can be determined by the client from various options listed in a design catalogue. This provides for tailor-made design options for the housing units as well as for flexible pricing options.
Through modular element construction and the intensive use of wood, the housing units can be completely disassembled thus minimizing their environmental footprint. By combining innovation and mobility at a reasonable price, Casa Invisible is a product that offers a ground breaking alternative in an increasingly critical housing situation. Key factors in this unique proposition are its uncomplicated assembly, its attractive price and the free choice of location. Compared to the cost-intensive and bureaucratic construction of a conventional house, these represent the main assets of Casa Invisible.
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Another house that was built with the same concept is the Mirror House located in The Netherlands.