Mirrored House Facades Reflect The Beautiful Worlds Around Them

We often use mirrors in interior décor in order to make a room seem more open, more bright and more spacious. They allow us to do that by reflecting the décor around them. It’s this characteristic that has inspired some architects and designers to create houses with mirrored facades. It’s definitely a very interesting concept and no better way to make a house blend into the landscape.

House in Denmark.

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The Mirror House was designed by MLRP architects and it’s located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The house has mirrors mounted on the gabled ends and behind the doors.

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The mirrors reflect the surrounding landscape and they’re definitely eye-catching, making everyone stop and look at the house. Although the design is very simple and not at all unusual, it’s the mirrors that make it stand out and unique.

Almere.

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Here’s another Mirror House, this time located in Almere, The Netherlands. This one was designed and built by architects Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel and it was completed in 2013.

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The interesting experiment was created for a competition and the basic idea was to build a house with a strong relation to its surroundings.This private villa has a facade consisting entirely of reflective glass which perfectly camouflages it and, at the same time, offers complete privacy inside.

Tree House.

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The whole point when building a treehouse is creating a small house which would be hidden between the branches of a tree and thus be a private space for its users. A mirrored treehouse perfectly fulfills there requirements.

Just take a look at this one. It’s hard to see it even up close since it’s camouflaged so well. Suspended between tall trees, the treehouse reflects the forest around it and becomes almost invisible although everyone inside can everything happening outside.

Tiny Mirrored House.

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In the case of the houses we’ve presented so far, the mirrored glass facades were meant to faithfully reflect the landscape around them. In the house of this tiny house things are a little different.

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The house was designed by Harumi Yukutake and does not have mirrored glass walls. Its facade is covered with numerous tiny round mirrors. Together they create a large-scale image of everything around the house and they also create an interesting pattern. The lack of windows might make you think that there’s no light inside but guess again. The interior is covered in tiny mirrors as well.

Cabin in the California desert.

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Mirrored-covered house facade can create some really interesting visual effects. For example, this cabin appears to be see-through. The cabin is located in the California desert and it’s a 70-year old structure. All it tool to turn it into a unique and modern house was a few mirrors.

Artist Phillip K. Smith III calls this project Lucid Stead. He created this series of reflecting panels, lights and custom electronic equipment and mounted it on this old timber cabin.

Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Since we’re talking about mirrored facades and how they reflect the world around them, let’s also take a look at this building. It’s not a house but a museum and it was designed by architect Farshid Moussavi.

The Museum of Contemporary Art can be found in Cleveland and it has a very interesting design. Its sleek and mirrored faceted form definitely makes it stand out but, at the same time, it also makes it blend it. Because it reflects the landscape around it, the museum has a contrasting design.

Non Program Pavilion.

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Located in southern Spain, the Non Program Pavilion is a very interesting project by Jesus Torres Garcia Architectes. Two factors greatly influenced the design: the relationship between form and landscape and the connection between the building and the ground.

The pavilion has a curving footprint mimicking the gentle contours of the land. Also, the facade is partly covered in wood and partly in mirrored glass. The wrapping glass facade reflects the surrounding views and almost makes the pavilion seem transparent.{found on designboom}.

Contemporary Mirrored Facade.

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All the unique projects and designs presented above are very interesting but they show us how using mirrors can be taken to the extreme. There are also simpler and more common ways of including mirrored glass in our house’s design and architecture. For example, it’s very common to have reflective windows which offer privacy for the indoor areas and reflect the landscape at the same time, allowing the house to more easily blend in.

Research Center.

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The last amazing project we want to show you is the Palaon Research and Experience Center which is a unique structure designed by Zurich and Berlin-based practice Holzer Kobler Architekturen. It’s situated on a site where the oldest man-made hunting weapons were made (300,000 year-old spears), in Shoningen, Germany. The building has a reflective exterior and a very unusual shape, with sharp angles and cuts which give it a geometric look.