The appearance of the mirror used in high-rise buildings have become commonplace, the mirror decoration used in residential effect?
In recent years, the selection of housing appearance has undergone revolutionary changes. The development of imagination and technological progress have enriched people’s choice of building materials. More and more houses are refreshing from the point of view of appearance, such as beautiful and innovative mirror houses popular in recent years.
Simple mirror residential into a trend
For urban high-rise buildings, the towering glossy mirror is commonplace. We are also accustomed to the use of mirrors at home to transmit light, expand the sense of space and add drama. However, when modern architects choose the appearance of building materials, mirror glass has become their darling, the metal material is gradually being neglected.
Whether in rural or urban context, the appearance of the mirror has brought many subtle pleasure and unspeakable joy. They give a sense of exchange and interaction, reflect the surrounding things, capture the whirling shadow of trees, and change with sunrise, sunset and clouds. Set in the mirror, the building and the surrounding environment together, not to appear isolated and obtrusive.
The appearance of simple, mirrored houses reminiscent of Sky Mirror, an artwork by the famous contemporary sculptor Anish Kapoor, is featured in Nottingham, Kensington Gardens and New York, USA. There is also the Phillip K Smith III Desert Lodge, an antique farmhouse hut decorated with mirrored panels, half empty and semi-old, set in the Joshua Tree National Park in southern California, In an open desert.
As expected, the mirror house has become the vane of the art world. Entrusted by art collectors Michael and Olga Kagan, the American architectural firm Kieran Tim berlake designed the Pound Ridge House in 29 acres in New York State. The project was planned from the Kagan couple looking to build houses in enchanting landscapes to preserve precious art collections such as M.C. Escher’s works, with distorted graphics and fictional illusions, fascinating and psychedelic.
“We really want to build an art house,” said Michael Kagan. “The art of architecture and architecture is very much in our hearts. Since building a house takes a lot of time and energy, designing it as a great art object allows We feel worth it, otherwise, we bought a mansion directly after the financial crisis. ”
Six years ago, Kagan funded the purchase of this piece of land, and he knows it has been here for 40 years. The couple and architect Stephen Kieren have chosen a striking location surrounded by woodland. The house is divided into two separate sections, built according to the terrain, with bridges in the middle. As for exterior materials, the design team examined many options and finalized a composite that included stainless steel plates, brushed stainless steel, resin-coated copper molds, and clear glass.
“We follow nature in a broader sense, including the sky, the earth, and the passage of time,” Kieran said. “Specular reflections make the landscape different from time to weather, and unlike the permanence of the geologic environment, they fleeting. ”
The separate house forms have weakened the building’s impact on the landscape and the semi-reflective façades create the illusion of oak, maple and beech. The base of the bulk barrier and the lower threshold of the main part of the building make the building inlaid in nature. “We love watching the appearance of houses change over time and the weather, and when you move around the house, it looks different,” said the couple, Kagan. “These four materials, with their different reflective properties, More attractive. ”
Mimetic House, located in the county of Leitrim in central Ireland, was designed by architect Dominic Stevens for his good friends, artist couple Grace Weir and Joe Walker. It uses Saint-Gobain’s semi-reflective solar-control glass, which is often used for the exterior of office buildings. Housing with the emergence of green vegetation appears, but also disappeared as the terrain gap, the roof of the vegetation is also designed to be harmonious and natural.
Weir has taken possession of this piece of land for many years, has always wanted to build a new and creative house to be the second home. She introduced Stevens through a friend’s friends and skillfully designed the house for her, now the couple’s main residence. The studio is hidden in the quiet basement and can not be disturbed. The spacious and flexible large space on the ground floor allows for creation, living and party. It is a platform that can overlook the sky and look up to the sky.
“It looks like a piece of land that folds up to form a living space,” said Stevens. “But its white interior gives a secret surprise because you can not imagine sitting in the distance and sitting In which the outside world is at a glance. ”
Modern buildings are embedded in the landscape
Mirror houses appear in more cities. In London’s Highgate area, architect Dominic Mckenzie designed a modern home for the patent attorney, Sophie Rich, and her family, using a highly derelict stainless steel slab on the façade that draws attention. The mirrored walls provide a reflective screen for the nearby trees, while the overall outline illuminates the same modern street-style house. The house is named Eidolon House, which means “phantom, double image or ideal.”
“Our initial vision was to make the house ingeniously integrated with the surroundings,” said Mckenzie. “We wanted to make a green living wall, but it would be too cumbersome if the exterior was completely covered with vegetation. The highlight of the environment, and the look of the house varies according to the shape of the sunshine and the trees, it does not matter when you look at the house, it is a bit surreal and looks like a blank row of townhouses, It’s not there at all. ”
The look of the mirror offers both practicality and artistry and decorativeness. Inspired by the modernism of houses with plenty of mirrors and transparency, architect Paul Archer designed the house for his retired mother and stepfather on the verge of the Severn estuary. He also wanted to design a zero-carbon home, but soon realized that it was too hard. Archer said, “The idea of a mirror plate comes from the multiple reflections of glass in a building, and it makes the building disappear into the landscape.If you walk along the nearby path, you’ll see the house obscured by the greenery in.”
Archer designed a series of slabs for Green Orchard houses, coated with a layer of mirrored aluminum wood, with a honeycomb-like background giving the reflective pixel texture. In the summer, the flat panel can reflect the sun so as not to over-heat the room, while at night and winter, the flat panel can be used as a thermal barrier and move on the window with the help of the power mechanism to keep the room warm. The roof is also equipped with solar thermal panels.
In an apple orchard in the Italian city of Bolzano, architect Peter Pichler applies reflective glass to a new set of buildings. His clients Josef and Angela Sabine Staffler Ebner own a farmhouse here, and a castle in Appiano, Milan, to rent people for weddings and special events. They are going to build two one-bedroom houses next to the farmhouse, rented as a hotel for visitors, but worried that the two new buildings will be out of harmony with the orchard atmosphere.
Pichler designed the open-plan glass front windows for these two park lodges, together with part of the black-and-aluminum walls where the orchard views can be seen. The back of the house is protected by a glass mirror with a special UV coating to prevent birds from flying in. It adds a sense of space without expanding the size of the orchard, with the Ebner family and tourists alike. “With the beautiful surroundings around the mirror, we hid the hut,” Pichler said. “They are also buildings in orchards that use optics to expand the orchard space, a simple solution that is very special: modern architecture is placed in beautiful landscapes.”
The visual sensation that the mirror house brings makes them have the infinite charm. Located on the outskirts of Poland, Izabelin House is Marcin Tomaszewski’s second home designed for a couple who run their own sales business and their children. The two-storey home is surrounded by lush trees. The first floor’s exterior walls are covered with reflective panels that mirror the image of the nearby woods as if it were an extension of the woods, and the second floor seems to be floating in the air In general.
“The mirror resembles an extension of the forest floor, so the house merges with nature,” Tomaszewski said. “But the second-floor suspension made me like it more.” So an ordinary house with a mirror will be extraordinary, and the exterior materials of modern homes are rarely as fascinating as mirrors.