Like tiny houses before them, mirror houses are the latest architecture trend to make design blogs swoon.
Though mirror-encased homes have mainly been cropping up in Europe over the last few years, US design minds are taking notice. These reflective homes capture the stunning (and often secluded) environments that surround them, creating structures that seamlessly blend into nature. Most of the mirrors are built with UV-reflective glass — a pattern that is nearly invisible to humans but visible to birds — to help ensure safety to the natural environments in which they stand.
Keep scrolling to see the breathtaking illusion these homes create as they disappear into forests, deserts, and snow-covered expanses.
Designed by architect Peter Pichler, these two mirror houses sit side-by-side in the South Tyrolean Dolomites, just outside the city of Bolzano, Italy. The homes were designed as vacation rentals and are available for booking.
Pichler's homes are surfaced with a mirrored exterior laminated in UV coating, which helps prevent bird collisions. Pictured here is the back facade of the homes, which beautifully reflect the surrounding Dolomites mountain range.
Each unit features a kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, and skylights to let in the sunshine. The homes are split by a long fence, and each one has its own private garden.
The floor-to-ceiling glass walls also work their magic on the inside of the house. Each unit is ideal for two people, but can fit a max of four. Rates start at approximately $223 per night.
This design by architects Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård combines two housing trends in one. Called 'The Mirrorcube,' the reflective treehouse is part of the extremely chic Treehotel in Harads, Sweden.
One of Treehotel's seven unique bungalows, The Mirrorcube is accessible by a 40-foot rope bridge. The getaway is very secluded, with the nearest house over 1,600 feet away. However, hotel owners Britta and Kent Lidvall are in the area to provide guests with a traditional Swedish breakfast as part of their stay.
The outside of the bungalow is made of mirrored glass, with plywood on the inside and plenty of windows to let in the sunlight.
Rooms at Treehotel start at $US4,700 per night for two guests and are expected to peak after September.