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Sculptural Illusion Houses

'A House to Die In' is a Sculpture That Doubles as a Residence

— February 16, 2018 — Art & Design
Artist Bjarne Melgaard commissioned 'A House to Die in' in 2011, and this sculptural building has taken over seven years to fully complete. Modeled after the artist's drawings, the building was made through 3D models and re-imagines Melgaard's original art.

The exterior of the home is covered in burnt oak, with a crystal-like structure placed delicately on white pillars that are shaped like different animals. Underneath and to the sides of the home, a shallow pond was placed to create an illusion that A House to Die in is floating magically on water.

Inside the home, all of the rooms has an unconventional design approaching, mixing function with modern aesthetics. With a dining room that will also act as a swimming pool and a spa that doubles as an office, nothing is exactly as it seems within this house. A House to Die in was originally intended for painter Edvard Munch in Norway.


Image Credit: Snohetta
Trend Themes
1. Sculptural Architecture - The trend of incorporating sculptural elements into architectural designs offers opportunities for unique and visually striking buildings.
2. Illusion Design - The trend of using illusions in design presents opportunities to create immersive and captivating experiences that challenge perceptions.
3. Multi-functional Spaces - The trend of designing spaces that serve multiple functions opens up possibilities for innovative and efficient use of limited space.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Architects can embrace sculptural elements and illusion design to create distinctive and memorable structures.
2. Art - Artists can explore the intersection of art and architecture by creating sculptural buildings that blur the line between art and functionality.
3. Interior Design - Interior designers can take inspiration from multi-functional spaces to design versatile and adaptable interiors that maximize functionality.
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