Will we one day live in a virtual parallel world, where we will find friends and acquaintances, or simply rest? The last project of designer and digital artist Andrés Reisinger looks to the future in its exploration of this little-known terrain. The Winter House, which Reisinger created with architect Alba de la Fuente, is a residential property that seems to float above the landscape. It’s also a pilot project that Reisinger hopes will be part of a future metaverse architectural practice, which he hopes to form with an array of partners.
Reisinger cites Dieter Rams’ 1960s industrial designs as the inspiration for this virtual building, which is supported by a unique concrete structure. It appears to be floating above the ground, which of course isn’t too difficult to achieve in virtual space. “We imagined what the cold season might look like in the metaverse,” says Reisinger. “To do this, we collected all of the emotional states of calm, stillness and comfort that we associate with winter and translated them into living form.” The result is a square structure made of concrete and glass that blends seamlessly into the virtual winter landscape.
Stainless steel features and floor-to-ceiling glass contrast with soft, powder-coated fabrics and walls to create a warm, safe feeling inside. Amid softly flowing curtains, thick rugs, and homey upholstered furniture, Reisinger’s designs include a towering seating area and minimalist workspace. It is a poetic oasis of calm in which one would want to return – and linger – after a long walk through the crackling snow of Metavers. Until you take off your VR goggles and come down to earth.
Below, take a tour of the winter house.