When designers and architects are trying to create a residential visual statement, it usually involves construction and design budgets that are astronomical and out of range for many homeowners. Designer Bernaskoni in Moscow, Russia had a different approach for a home project titled, “Mirror Mongayt Villa”.
The design is energy-efficient and only cost $800 for sq m. With a unique mirror installation on the south façade of the building, the design is an art installation that will prove how innovation doesn’t have to be affected by its price tag.
The Mirror Mongayt Villa has installed mirrors as a temporary structure that will last for eight years. After this time, the installation will be removed and another will be put in its place.
“Every eight years the house clears the skin. Changing of the façade is a landmark event, a family tradition and a newsbreak”… Bernaskoni
The mirrored façade reflects its surroundings of wooded land and gives a different aesthetic to the building daily. The 270 sq m living space has two stages in which it is developed. The 180 sq m lower level saves construction cost, as it is built at another time than the two individual units on the upper level. This phased construction allows for construction savings while still keeping an energy efficient building.
The layout of rooms consists of, “There are additional independent rooms located over the household and living areas. Public area is divided into the kitchen on the north and the double-height living room on the south.”… Bernaskoni
The Mirror Mongayt Villa is a perfect representation of how the rising cost of construction doesn’t have to hinder imagination and ingenuity. With a phased construction concept and an art installation façade that changes every eight years – more buildings should be this clever in their delivery process. Architecture and design doesn’t have to be expensive, just well thought out.
All photo credits: Bernaskoni