The Casa Invisible camouflages with its surroundings so well, it becomes invisible to the undiscerning eye. It also makes for an interesting holiday house.
Living in a house that only you can discern, that is practically invisible to everyone else and that blends with its surroundings, seems something like a surreal dream.
The Delugan Meissl Associated Architects (DMAA), however, has wrenched this on to reality. The Casa Invisible designed by them reflects back on its own façade the surrounding environment, so that we are left with a house that visually becomes a part of its environment and ceases to be a distinct structure of its own.
The Casa Invisible could change the way people holiday. Easy to assemble, disassemble and reassemble, the house can take root anywhere in the world, in any environment.
Its total area of 14.50 x 3.50 m means that it can be reasonably transported without much discomfort by lorry. The prefabricated wooden structure can be transformed into a house at any given site. Both the fittings and the mounting framework of the unit are assembled from prefabricated elements produced at the factory.
The open layout of the house is divided into three spatial units for individual design and use, structured by a chimney and a wet room. The unit also contains several windows and even a patio. The company provides a design catalogue for the clients to choose their own, individual design and texture of the interior and façade from a list of options.
The costing of the entire unit is reasonable, and the ease of mobility means that the unit can be carried off and assembled anywhere.
A modular element construction made out of wood, the unit also leaves a minimal environmental footprint.
With its incredible ease of construction, which becomes more pronounced when compared to the time and effort taking for the construction of a conventional house, the Casa Invisible seems to indicate a path-breaking alternative as far as houses go. Which it may possibly be. Yet more than housing, however, it offers a unique alternative to go for a vacation and makes for an interesting holiday house.
The unit’s quick and simple assembly, easy transport, its overall inexpensiveness and, most importantly, the irrelevance of location that the unit makes possible, makes it an ideal option for a short or long retreat. The customisable nature of the unit also allows for individual choices. Its reflective façade ensures privacy, comfort, safety and quiet. The Casa Invisible, then, might just as well redefine the way people go on a vacation.