Mirrored outhouse disappears into a lush river valley landscape

November 13, 2019 by  
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In Australia’s Kangaroo Valley, Paddington-based design studio Madeleine Blanchfield Architects carefully crafted a freestanding bathroom that all but vanishes into its surroundings. Designed for minimal impact, the compact outhouse is wrapped in one-way mirrors to blend into the lush landscape. Its use of solar energy and gray water recycling helps reduce the building’s carbon footprint . Moreover, the mirrored building is elevated off the ground and can be easily assembled and disassembled with limited site impact. Built to service a small cabin for overnight stays, the freestanding bathroom is set on a privately owned hillside about 30 meters from the accommodation. Its secluded location helps to enhance the feeling of being immersed in nature. The mirrored facade camouflages the structure by reflecting the lush landscape. When the space is used at night, the interior lighting makes the bathroom visible from the outside; the building orientation and remote location ensure privacy. Related: Mirrored home in the woods is hidden in plain sight The bathroom contains a bathtub and shower at the center that look out to unobstructed views of nature in all directions to give guests the sense of bathing outdoors. The architects also equipped the building with sustainable technologies, including solar-powered lights and a gray water recycling system with septic tanks. The landscape was minimally altered, and the bathroom can be easily removed without harm to the site. “The client’s desire to create a haven that not only provided connection to the landscape but a place to truly escape and unwind was met through the design,” the architects explained. “By avoiding the temptation to create a visually intrusive folly, the brief for the outhouse was met both visually and experientially. The outhouse heightens the sense of place, makes one consider their location.” + Madeleine Blanchfield Architects Photography by Robert Walsh via Madeleine Blanchfield Architects

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Mirrored pavilion all but disappears into nature

January 2, 2018 by  
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Portuguese architecture agency depA has hidden a pavilion in plain sight. This camouflaged structure, clad in mirrored panels, appears to disappear into the lush green landscape and houses an impressive artwork for those who manage to find their way inside. Located in Porto’s Serralves Park, the aptly named Liquid Pavilion is a temporary installation belonging to the famed Serralves Museum, Portugal’s leading contemporary art museum. The mirrored Liquid Pavilion reflects images of the lake and lush foliage, rendering it nearly invisible to passersby. The architects designed the pavilion to evoke the form of the Serralves Museum, designed by Pritzker winner Álvaro Siza Vieira. ”The pavilion uses the Museum building and the Serralves Park as its raw material in different scales with one and the other,” wrote depA. “The pavilion’s design is a polygon extracted from the Museum’s layout, corresponding to one of its characteristic spaces — the bow window — whose classic hexagonal matrix is repeated and emerges at various times throughout the Park, both in the pavements and the landscape features.” Related: Tiny Mirrored Cabin Reflects the Ontario Landscape The pavilion’s placement in the landscape and use of reflective material makes it a visual bridge between the museum and park, at once relating to the museum with its form while simultaneously blending into the landscape. The pavilion’s “concave polygonal” layout makes the interior suitable for projecting films, like the currently featured piece “ O Peixe ” by Brazilian artist Jonathas de Andre . The pavilion was commissioned as one of the museum’s five temporary structures for the architectural exhibition Live Uncertainty, 32nd Bienal de São Paulo that runs through February 18. + depA Via ignant Images via José Campos

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HOW TO: Create fabulous custom-designed boxes without lifting a brush

November 17, 2015 by  
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Want to create Pinterest-worthy home decor but feel a bit lacking in artistic talent? You’re in luck: Ananda of A Piece of Rainbow has an easy DIY tutorial for sprucing up wooden crates that doesn’t require any painting or stenciling. The steps are simple. All you’ll need to do is print your mirrored designs onto wax paper, rub the paper face down on the damp wood surface, and repeat until you’re satisfied with the saturation of the final image. The pieces can be finished with non-toxic furniture wax for protection. Visit A Piece of Rainbow for the full in-depth tutorial. + Justina The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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