Photography courtesy of The Vinyl Factory

Doug Aitken has unveiled a glistening Mirage house in Switzerland’s Gstaad as part of the Elevation 1049 festival.

The single-storey cabin is inspired by the ubiquitous ranch homes found across Aitken’s native California. Its mirrored facade reflects the landscape and the changing seasons, and the site-specific structure will remain in situ for two years.

Interiors are also mirrored, with fragmented panels creating a kaleidoscopic effect. Mirage Gstaad is open to the public, who can mill in and out of its open doors and take in dizzying vistas of the alpine landscape.

Elevate 1049 – which kicks off today and is produced by Luma Foundation in collaboration with The Store X Vinyl Factory – explores the theme ‘Frequencies’. It will feature art and live music performances by Suzanne Ciani, Vanessa Beecroft, Nina Beier, Zhana Ivanova, Liz Magic Laser, Isabel Lewis and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster among others.

Doug Aitken installs a mirrored cabin in the Swiss mountains for Elevation 1049
Photography courtesy of The Vinyl Factory

Can’t make it to the mountains? You can also catch Aitken’s Mirage Detroit in the city’s former Savings Bank.

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