2023 | Professional

MUSE Design Awards Platinum Winner

Sky Mirrors

Entrant Company

Zone of Utopia + Mathieu Forest Architecte + LIN Xiaoguang Studio

Category

Architectural Design - Cultural

Client's Name

Langjiu Group

Country / Region

France

Two mirrors suspended between mountain and sky amplify and magnify the landscape: above, the water mirror which doubles the sky and creates infinity. Below, the steel mirror which reflects the valley and creates an artificial sky under the sky.

At the top of the mountain, the building is completely buried to keep intact the breathtaking view of the sky and the mountains in the distance.

Arriving to the site, we do not yet perceive the interior life of the building. We only see the landscape, its reflection and between the two, the surreal image of a mirror volume suspended in the void.

Then we sink gently below ground level, taking a curved ramp framed by concrete walls. It slips under the water mirror which is also a mirror below.

This large mirrored ceiling is actually a large artificial sky. It reflects the hanging lamps and creates a punctuation of stars.

The first tasting room gives a view of the mountain cleared of all human intervention and presence. A little further on, an intimate room preserves the most precious bottles.

Finally, we enter the large tasting room and discover through a one-piece window, without joinery, the breathtaking view of the valley.

At night, the multitude of lit lamps and their reflections in the ceiling create a starry sky, this artificial sky is in turn reflected in the glazing of the facades. The real sky merges with that created by architecture. Illusion game.

The visit continues with the ascent of an unexpected staircase that soars towards the sky. Arriving at the top of this staircase, we walk on a footbridge suspended in the void. This belvedere gives a view of the landscape in all its directions.

The journey continues towards the exit. We go up slowly towards the level of the road.

Credits

Lead Designer
Qiang ZOU
Lead Designer
Mathieu FOREST
Lead Designer
Xiaoguang LIN
Project Manger
Teng ZENG
Architect
Di WU
Architect
Zhuang WANG
Graphic Designer
Jia MA
Architect
Fang GAO
Architect
Qijun XUE
Architect
Arnaud MAZZA
Architect
Edgardo BARROS TORO
Architect
Gaofeng LI
Architect
Caiping YANG
Architect
Yuyan ZOU
Architect
Zhonglun WAN
Internship
Wenqian HAN
Internship
Qian SHEN
Internship
Lyu LYU
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