Mirror House, Almere / Johan Selbing + Anouk Vogel

  • 14 Jan 2014
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© Jeroen Musch

Architects: Johan Selbing, Anouk Vogel
Location: De Eenvoud, Almere,
Area: 120 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

Structural Engineering: Buro voor Bouwadvies BV, Dalfsen
Installation Advice: Earth Energie Advies BV, Boskoop
Contractors: Bouwbedrijf Jadi BV, Genemuiden Slump Fictorie, Hoogeveen (facade)

© Jeroen Musch

From the architect. After De Realiteit and De Fantasie, the third edition of small experimental housing settlements in Almere has been launched under the title De Eenvoud. The brief of the competition called for an individual house with a strong relation to its surroundings. The twelve winning teams were given the possibility to realize their designs in an open area in the forest of Noorderplassen-West, but had to find the buyers of the houses themselves.

Cross Section

The Mirror House is a private villa with a facade consisting entirely of reflective glass, which acts as a camouflage and an obstruction of the view of its  interior. The floorplan has been designed to be as compact as possible, with the possibility to adapt to different lifestyles. In dialogue with the client, the  competition proposal was worked out to the smallest detail, taking a demand for optimum accessibility into consideration. The original concept with a slightly raised floor (for a better view), sliding doors, builtin cupboards and a single-level layout, has therefore been further refined. Long sightlines in the interior make the house appear larger from the inside, and anchor it to its surroundings. All interior walls are covered with a birch  multiplex panel, whose warm appearance contrasts with the elegant and strict glass facade.

© Jeroen Musch
Cite: "Mirror House, Almere / Johan Selbing + Anouk Vogel" 14 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=466468>
  • Dan D.

    Good luck scratching off all the poor birds crashing into the mirrored windows … specially ironic since one of the architect’s last name is Vogel, which means “Bird” in German

    • omikey

      bam ! ….what was that?

    • C. E

      Specially ironic huh? Vogel is a Dutch word for bird, not German.

      • Oli

        It’s also the german word so if you’re gonna be agressive might as well check your facts first.