People in glass houses...have really cool houses!
Built with reflective glass on their exteriors, these structures seem to play tricks on the eyes by appearing more like their surroundings than actual buildings.
Reflective buildings blend into their surroundings
Sometimes it's hard to tell whether there is an actual building in front of you or an optical illusion. One architectural trend is to use reflective glass that allows buildings to blend into their surroundings. Check out these five structures from around the world that do just that.
The Treehotel, tucked near the Lule River in Sweden, capitalizes on the surrounding forest with its reflective glass that shows off the great outdoors.
High in the treetops
The lightweight aluminum structure is mounted on the pines’ tree trunks and offers those inside a 360-degree view of the surroundings. Guests can get inside the cabin via a rope ladder or by crossing the attached rope bridge.
Home sweet home
This private home in the Netherlands has been appropriately named by its architect, Johan Selbing, the "Mirror House."
The exterior’s reflective glass not only makes for a stunning visual display, but it also provides some fun for the nearby livestock.
Wide open spaces
The mirrored panels open up to the nearby forest.
The mirrored exterior also prevents anyone outside from being able to look inside the home.
Artist Phillip K. Smith III transformed this 70-year-old homesteader shack in Joshua Tree, California into a home that, thanks to alternating mirrored panels, looks to visitors as if they can see right through it.
The project was only supposed to be on display for two days, but more than 400 people ended up journeying out to the structure over two weekends, according to a press release from Royale Projects.
It is no longer open to the public.
The structure’s remodel included LED lighting that lit up the mirrored door and windows at night with vibrant colors.
Called by its architects the "Lake Cottage," this structure was created as an interpretation of a treehouse.
UUfie, the architecture firm that created this home, described the design in a press release as an effort to “repeat the experience of living within the branches of a tree.”
Branches all around
The treehouse theme continues inside, where the dining room is surrounded by black wood formed in the shape of branches.
What was once a graffiti-covered playground structure in Copenhagen is now a reflective pavilion with amusing funhouse mirrors.
The mirrors are mounted on the gabled ends of the pavilion, as well as behind doors along the sides of the structure.
Implementing funhouse mirrors “engages a play with perspective, reflection and transformation,” MLRP, the architecture firm behind the transformation, said in a press release.