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Get Inspired: Mirrored Architecture

A floating house…or is it? Read on to learn more. Photo by Designboom (via Architizer).

Still not exactly sure how these work, but just marveling over them is enough for me to be amazed. Mirrored architecture is an architectural phenomenon in which optical illusions give the impression that the building is partly or completely invisible. Unfortunately, not commonly used (can you imagine living in one of these?), this style involves reflecting to such fine detail that the building itself is almost not at all noticeable.

Scroll on and reflect on these images:

One of five individually designed rooms, this “treehotel” in Sweden could be the perfect getaway retreat. Learn more here. Treehotel by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, Harads, Sweden (via Architizer).

Ever wanted to escape and “disappear” for a while? This treehotel in Sweden might just fit the bill. Named “The Mirrorcube”, the structure calls for a near-complete reflection of its natural surroundings such that the actual building can almost not be seen from certain angles. The treehotel also boasts “The Bird’s Nest”, which looks like a collection of twigs in the shape of room,and “The UFO”, shaped like a flying saucer in trees. Read more here.

But here a few other angles of the Mirrorcube.

Treehotel (another angle) by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, Harads, Sweden. Photo via Architizer.

And a look inside…
Treehotel by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, Harads, Sweden. Photo via Architizer.

The Lookout

The Lookout by Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler, Trossachs National Park, Scotland. Photo via Architizer.

The Lookout in the pristine and picturesque Trossachs National Park in Scotland allows visitors to take a moment to relax and appreciate the natural beauty of its surroundings. Made from mirrored stainless steel and African hardwood, the structure was envisioned by two students to form an optical illusion from a distance.

But from up close…

…Reality reflects another angle.

And finally, the Izabelin House from this post’s featured image is, as you should probably know by now, not exactly what it seems. Though it gives the appearance of a floater, the house is actually situated atop mirrored panels that make deciphering its reality a bit difficult.

But the ground floor is visible from certain angles…

The Izabelin House, Poland. Photo by Designboom via Architizer.

Make sense now?

I’ve always found architecture fascinating, but it’s innovations like these that really boggle the mind and demonstrate that creativity has no bounds. It’s true what they say — we are limited only by our own perception. If mirrored architecture is any guide, reflect on who you are, examine all of the angles and maybe find a greater you just waiting to be unleashed.

Is that too much of a stretch?

Hmm. Maybe not.


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Source: Architizer

2 thoughts on “Get Inspired: Mirrored Architecture

  1. WOW! That’s amazing! I would have never thought! I really like how it blends in with the environment. Thanks for sharing!

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