Stainless-steel extension to CTLES archive reflects its rural surroundings

This pair of enormous mirrored-steel boxes connected by a glazed bridge were designed by Antonini + Darmon and RMDM, to complement and extend an aluminium-clad archive facility outside Paris. The CTLES (Technical Centre for Books of Higher Education) is a national public administrative institution located in the Parisian suburb of Bussy-Saint-Georges, around 25 kilometres east of the city

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John Soane’s Dulwich Picture Gallery informs summer pavilion for London Festival of Architecture

IF_DO has designed a mirrored events pavilion in the grounds of John Soane’s Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London, which was unveiled this morning ahead of this year’s London Festival of Architecture. Designed by London-based practice IF_DO to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the gallery’s opening, the Dulwich Pavilion features reflective panels that mirror the building’s brick

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Doug Aitken installs entirely mirrored cabin in the Southern Californian desert

American artist Doug Aitken has built a small house-shaped structure, clad top-to-bottom in mirrors, in the desert outside Palm Springs. The Mirage sculpture is modelled on a ranch-style suburban American house. But it is composed of mirrored surfaces, which reflect the surroundings and camouflage the structure. “Mirage distills the recognisable and repetitious suburban home into the

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Li Hao uses mirrored glass and bamboo for reflective pavilion in southern China

Architect Li Hao has clad this bamboo and wood pavilion in mirrored glass to reflect the historic town in southern China that it faces. Beijing-based Li Hao designed and built the pavilion for a spot on the north bank of the Longxi River that runs past the old town of Longli in southeast Guizhouthe. The wall facing the town mimics

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Snøhetta adds crinkled stainless-steel extension to 1960s museum in Norway

Snøhetta has extended the Lillehammer Art Museum and Cinema in Norway with a cantilevering cube covered in a layer of crinkled and polished stainless steel. The extension is the second addition Snøhetta has created for the Lillehammer Art Museum and Lillehamer Cinema, having previously created an exhibition space for the 1960s building by Norwegian architect Erling Viksjø 22 years ago. The firm’s new

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Scott Kyson combines charred timber with smoked glass for garden pavilion

This small garden pavilion, created by British architect Scott Kyson as a playhouse for his children, is covered in sheets of smoked glass and lined in lengths of charred larch. The founder of London-based Studio Kyson designed and constructed Treehouse for his three children, who are aged between four and eight. This video created by studio Grain shows

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Mirrored viewing platform by Natura Futura is disguised against the Ecuadorean landscape

Projecting over a hillside in the Ecuadorean countryside, this small mirrored viewpoint was designed by Natura Futura Arquitectura as a rest stop for hikers (+slideshow). The Los Rios-based studio positioned The Invisible Portal on a trail that runs between Guaranda and Babahoyo in the Andes mountains. The 13-square-metre structure is made from wood but covered in mirrored panels that reflect the mist-filled valley More

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Wilkinson Eyre adds mirrored laboratory and sports hangar to Dyson’s countryside campus

Wilkinson Eyre has added an assortment of new buildings to the headquarters of technology company Dyson, aiming to create a campus to rival “those in Silicon Valley and Singapore”. The London-based architecture firm designed four new buildings for the Dyson Campus, which is located on the outskirts of historic market town Malmesbury in Wiltshire, southwest England. Encompassing a variety More

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Hope of Glory adds mirrored apartment block to street of historic buildings in Graz

A+Awards:  next up in our collaboration with Architizer’s A+Awards is an apartment building in Austria that is covered in mirrors to reflect the facades of surrounding historic buildings. Graz architecture studio Hope of Glory was commissioned to create a residential building on a historic street in the UNESCO world-heritage-listed city. The site was the only empty More

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Mirrored facades reflect plants around office for Viennese nursery

Mirrored panels reflect views of the surrounding gardens around the lower half of this star-shaped office designed by Josep and Gerhard Haumer for a plant nursery near Vienna (+ slideshow). The 52 Kubik building is located in the town of Mödling, around 14 kilometres south of the Austrian capital, and was designed by local studio Josep in collaboration with More

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M+ museum opens first gallery in West Kowloon Cultural District

The forthcoming M+ museum has opened its first exhibition space in Hong Kong’s new cultural district: a mirror-clad pavilion that cantilevers out of a hillside (+ slideshow). As the first permanent facility to open in the fast-developing West Kowloon Cultural District, the M+ Pavilion will provide a new exhibition gallery for showcasing visual art, design and architecture. It will be More

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Blossom Pavilion in Shanghai features steel “rocks” and a rooftop flowerbed

Shanghai studio Atelier Deshaus has teamed up with artist Zhan Wang to create a flower-topped pavilion supported by irregularly shaped slabs of stainless steel (+ slideshow). Designed for Shanghai’s Urban Space Art Season, Blossom Pavilion stands outside the entrance to the Shanghai Sculpture Space, which is part of the city’s Red Town arts complex. The starting point for the project was the stainless steel sculptures of Zhan Wang’s Rockery Series, which More

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Pound Ridge House by KieranTimberlake reflects its surroundings with a mirrored facade

US firm KieranTimberlake has nestled a home into a rocky outcrop in New York State, with mirrored cladding that reflects the forested landscape and sky (+ slideshow). Called the Pound Ridge House, the dwelling is situated on a south-facing site that rises over 100 feet (30 meters) as it ascends from a wetland to the top of More

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Mirror-clad office extension by Atelier Vens Vanbelle offers reflections of brickwork and trees

Atelier Vens Vanbelle has extended a notary’s office it completed five years ago in the Belgian village of Horebeke, adding mirrored walls that reflect both the original building and its pastoral setting (+ slideshow). Ghent-based Atelier Vens Vanbelle designed the original office to make the most of a site at the end of a small street that overlooks the surrounding farmland. The building […]

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Rural Urban Framework uses mirrored tiles to camouflage toilets at Mulan Primary School

Hong Kong studio Rural Urban Framework covered this new primary school toilet block in mirrored tiles so that it reflects its surroundings, helping to camouflage the building (+ slideshow). Mulan Primary School was extended by Rural Urban Framework to provide a new toilet block, playground, and a building for additional classrooms. Mirrored ceramic tiles cover the toilet […]

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Casa Invisibile by Delugan Meissl is a low-cost portable house prototype clad in mirrors

The mirrored surfaces of this modular housing unit in Slovenia, by Austrian studio Delugan Meissl, help it to blend in with the surrounding countryside (+ slideshow). Casa Invisibile is a prototypal dwelling developed by Delugan Meissl to confront issues in the modern housing market including soaring prices and the availability of appealing plots. “Casa Invisibile […]

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Pattersons Associates uses stainless steel to create shimmering art museum devoted to Len Lye

The reflective stainless steel skin of the new Len Lye Museum in New Plymouth, New Zealand pays tribute to the work of the experimental artist known for his kinetic and multimedia pieces (+ slideshow). Designed by New Zealand-based Pattersons Associates, the building is clad with locally sourced stainless steel. The folded surface reflects and refracts […]

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Today we like: mirrored buildings

Mirrored panels can be used to create architectural illusions and disguise buildings in their surroundings, like this desert shack that looks as if it’s see through. Other recent examples include a mirror-clad woodland installation and a camouflaged countryside gallery. See all our stories about mirrored buildings »

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Invisible Barn is a mirror-clad folly camouflaged among the trees of a California forest

Mirrors clad the walls and rooftops of this woodland installation by architecture studio STMPJ, so that at first glance visitors might think its timber-lined windows and doorways are floating in midair (+ slideshow). Named Invisible Barn, the slender structure is located among a grove of trees at the Sagehen Creek Field Station – a nature research […]

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ECE Architecture installs a mirrored beach hut on the English coast

The beach huts traditionally found in English seaside towns informed this temporary mirror-clad cabin installed by ECE Architecture beside the coast in Sussex (+ movie). Located on Worthing beach in the south of England, the small timber-framed structure has the same gabled form as a typical beach hut, but all four of its walls and its […]

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Glossy black pavilion in Dublin presents Ireland’s oil consumption

This inky black cube designed by De Siún Scullion Architects for Dublin’s docklands reveals Ireland’s current oil consumption and future renewable energy targets (+ slideshow). Measuring 4.2 metres cubed, the volume represents the 473 barrels of oil consumed in Ireland every five minutes. The pavilion is clad in panels of glossy black toughened glass, in reference to the viscous liquid, and resides […]

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Zaha Hadid adds a shimmery steel tunnel to an Oxford University college

Zaha Hadid has completed a new facility for the University of Oxford – a centre for studying Middle Eastern culture, conceived by the architect as a reflective tunnel suspended in space (+ slideshow). The Investcorp Building expands the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College – one of the seven graduate colleges that comprise the UK’s oldest university – providing a new […]

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5468796 Architecture covers apartment building in reflective panels of glazing

Reflective glass panels applied to the exterior of this condominium building in Winnipeg, Canada, produce a mirrored image of the street in front (+ slideshow). 548 Stradbrook is a former fraternity house in the city’s Osborne Village neighbourhood that local firm 5468796 Architecture was asked to convert into six two-bedroom flats and two three-bedroom loft […]

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DSDHA’s Covert House is designed to camouflage with its surroundings

Architects Deborah Saunt and David Hills used underground rooms and mirrors to help disguise the volume of their house, which is located in a conservation area in leafy south London (+ slideshow). The two DSDHA founders designed their family home for a site in the garden of an existing house in Clapham Old Town – […]

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Mirrors emphasise the cantilever of Robert Konieczny’s Living-Garden House

The cantilevered upper storey of this house in Katowice, Poland, looks even more dramatic than it really is – because the podium that supports it is camouflaged behind a wall of mirrors (+ slideshow). Architect Robert Konieczny – whose past designs include a fortress-like home featuring thick shutters and a drawbridge – designed the home for a young family residing […]

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Renovated Baroque museum in Portugal features a mirror-clad ticket office

DepA has transformed an 18th-century palace in Pinhel, Portugal into a cultural centre and added a mirrored glass box in its central courtyard to house a ticket office (+ slideshow). The project for the Cultural House of Pinhel involved renovating the former Bishop’s Palace to create a museum dedicated to the work of José Manuel […]

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Bright red mirrors clad Jean Nouvel’s addition to a French wine-making estate

Jean Nouvel’s studio has extended a winery in south-west France, but instead of matching the traditional stone and timber architecture, the new structure is clad with vivid red metal (+ slideshow). The building creates a new wine cellar for the Château La Dominique winery in the Saint-Émilion region – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes […]
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PPAG Architects adds mirrored extension to restaurant in Viennese park

These four “finger-like” extensions to a Vienna restaurant, by PPAG Architects, feature mirrored walls that reflect the surrounding parkland, and windows that slide up above the roof (+ slideshow). Viennese studio PPAG Architects won a competition to extend and renovate the listed building that houses popular restaurant Steirereck, in Stadtpark. Related story: SATA’s medical centre has mirrored […]
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PPAG Architects adds mirrored extension to restaurant in Vienna’s Stadtpark

These four “finger-like” extensions to a Vienna restaurant, by PPAG Architects, feature mirrored walls that reflect the surrounding parkland, and windows that slide up above the roof (+ slideshow). Viennese studio PPAG Architects won a competition to extend and renovate the listed building that houses popular restaurant Steirereck, in Stadtpark. Related story: SATA’s medical centre has mirrored […]
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Peter Pichler’s mirror-clad guesthouses are designed to be visible to birds

Mirrors create a reflective facade on this pair of holiday homes in the South Tyrolean Dolomites, but have been coated with a glare-reducing film to help prevent bird collisions (+ slideshow). Designed by Italian architect Peter Pichler, the Mirror Houses are two adjoining guesthouses for short-term rent on a farm outside the city of Bolzano, north-east Italy. Related story: Visitor centre […]
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Bandesign clads a Japanese cafe in mirrors to reflect a row of cherry trees

A bank of cherry blossoms are mirrored in the reflective gables of this cafe that angles around a smaller tree in Gifu, Japan, by architecture studio Bandesign (+ slideshow). Bandesign designed the cafe, named Mirrors, for a plot by the side of a road on a tourist route. The building has two wings and looks as if it […]

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SATA’s medical centre has mirrored “cloaking” roof that reflects the sky

The mirrored roof of this children’s care centre by SATA reflects the surrounding treetops and west Ireland skies (+ slideshow). SATA designed the single-storey glass and aluminium structure to house services for the West Limerick Children’s Centre, in county Limerick, Ireland. Related story: Mirrored cabin installed in Scottish glen by Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler […]

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