Enchanting ‘Invisible’ House Made Out Of Mirrors In The Swiss Alps

Artist Doug Aitken reflects the beauty of the Swiss Alps in his latest installation called Mirage Gstaad. Consisting of a ranch-style home completely clad in mirrors, the structure now sits with the snow-covered peaks in Gstaad, Switzerland. The surface camouflages it amidst the mountains and evergreen trees, and from afar, Mirage Gstaad is completely in-sync with the landscape and seemingly disappears. But like a real home, you can enter the building—which also boasts mirrored walls and a ceiling. The angular interior has a kaleidoscopic effect that bends light and creates unexpected reflections.

This mirror house is modeled after the Californian ranch home design of the early 20th century. Inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the architecture of the American West, Aitken’s intention with Mirage Gstaad is two-fold. It’s an “echo chamber” that is continually creating a feedback loop of uninhabited nature yet one that has been interrupted by a human-made object. Additionally, its presence recalls traditions of both the U.S. and Europe. “Situated against the backdrop of Videmanette in Gstaad,” Aitken says, “Mirage Gstaad will bring the idea of the Manifest Destiny and the American West into contact with the European landscape and the tradition of the sublime.”

Artist Doug Aitken has installed his famous mirror house in the Swiss Alps.

Site Specific Land Art by Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019
Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland.
Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo Torvioll Jashari.

Site Specific Land Art by Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019
Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland.
Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo Torvioll Jashari.

Called Mirage Gstadd, it reflects the beauty of the mountainous landscape—inside and out.

Mirror House by Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019
Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland.
Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo by Stefan Altenburger.

Site Specific Land Art by Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019
Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland.
Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo Torvioll Jashari.

Site Specific Land Art by Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019
Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland.
Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo Torvioll Jashari.

Site Specific Land Art by Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019
Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland.
Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo Torvioll Jashari.

Mirror House by Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019
Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland.
Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo Torvioll Jashari.

Mirage Gstaad will be on view for two years.

Site Specific Land Art by Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019
Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland.
Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo Torvioll Jashari.

Mirror House by Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019
Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland.
Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo Torvioll Jashari.

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