Towards a virtual architecture: The Winter House by Andrés Reisinger and Alba de la Fuente

Towards a virtual architecture: The Winter House by Andrés Reisinger and Alba de la Fuente

The digitization of architecture and design projects has been going on for some time now and has increased further, largely due to the global pandemic. To hear about the metaverse, the NFT or digital twins seem commonplace in this era where the digital economy is booming and where architects and designers looking to move from the physical to the virtual world are beginning to proliferate. But will virtuality be the future of architectural visualization?

Andrés Reisinger is an Argentinian designer based in Barcelona who, together with architect Alba de la Fuente, developed a residential project for the metaverse inspired by the coldest season of the year. Under the name “Winter House”, the project includes a virtual independent dwelling characterized by its clear geometric lines and rather calm colors that seek to convey a sense of tranquility.

© Andres Reisinger
© Andres Reisinger

This house represents a further step towards the digitization of interiors and real estate and is only a preliminary project of a metaverse architecture studio that Reisinger is setting up with other partners. The question then arises, could the challenges of new forms of living be addressed in a virtual architecture without interaction? How could these digital tools be used in conceptual, technical and operational solutions?

© Andres Reisinger
© Andres Reisinger

In a time of mass migration, climate emergency and other looming conflicts, Reisinger works by blending the world of art with the world of design, evolving from the creation of 3D images to their physical realization as in the case of their Hortensia chair. From the design of the “Winter House”, they seek to merge the interior and exterior, finding a balance that creates the perfect winter refuge possible. Blending different architectural movements, they draw inspiration from the early 1960s designs of Dieter Rams to propose a large concrete structure as the support for the building that springs from the ground. Its floating floor is juxtaposed with floor-to-ceiling glazed panels that allow natural light to enter the interior spaces.

© Andres Reisinger
© Andres Reisinger

The surrounding nature becomes an integral part of the house and the contrasts and dualities of the dwelling are essential to create a distinctive habitat that revolves around intimacy and isolation. The different spaces are designed to appear open and immersed in the winter landscape. Pink hues predominate in the interiors as well as the implementation of natural materials such as concrete, glass, steel and beige tones.

© Andres Reisinger
© Andres Reisinger

We imagine what the winter season might look like in the metaverse, bringing together all the feelings of tranquility, stillness, and comfort that we associate with winter and translating them into residential form.

– Andres Reisinger

© Andres Reisinger
© Andres Reisinger

Colors and textures are combined to provide different degrees of warmth in each space. The materials chosen represent the characteristic duality of the project and contribute to conveying a feeling of tranquility. It turns out that this is not the first house that Reisinger and De la Fuente have designed together, but the second virtual house where their creative and architectural visions manage to find harmony and also clash due to the ways of understand and recognize spaces.

© Andres Reisinger
© Andres Reisinger

Breaking new ground in the digital migration of real estate, the “Winter House” is a residential project that can be applied to existing and future metaverses. It remains to ask our customers and ourselves: would we really pay for a virtual architecture? Or could we produce an architecture that adapts to everyday contexts from virtuality?

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