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Mirrors in Architecture: Possibilities of Reflected Space

Mirror Garden / ARCHSTUDIO. Image © Ning Wang
Mirror Garden / ARCHSTUDIO. Image © Ning Wang

KAP-House / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd. Image © Derek SwalwellSi estas paredes hablasen / Serrano + Baquero Arquitectos. Image © Fernando AldaPH José Mármol / Estudio Yama. Image © Javier Agustin RojasThe Mirror Window / Kosaku Matsumoto. Image © Nobutada Omote+ 39

Humans have used mirrors since as early as 600 BCE, employing highly polished obsidian as a basic reflective surface. Over time, people began to use small pieces of gold, silver, and aluminum in a similar manner, both for their reflective properties and for decoration. By the 1st century CE, people had started using glass to make mirrors, but it was only during the European Renaissance that Venetian manufacturers began making mirrors by applying metallic backings to glass sheets, remaining the most common general method of mirror manufacturing today. Since then, mirrors have continued to play both a decorative and functional role in architecture, serving a clean, modern aesthetic despite its ancient origins. Below, we investigate how mirrors are made, provide a brief history of mirrors in architecture, and offer several tips for architects looking to use mirrors in their designs.

What is Glued Laminated Wood (Glulam)?

Glued Laminated Wood (Glulam) is a structural material manufactured through the union of individual wood segments. When glued with industrial adhesives (usually Melamine or Polyurethane resin adhesives), this type of wood is highly durable and moisture resistant, capable of generating large pieces and unique shapes.

Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge / GEC Architecture. Image © Adam MorkThe Roof House / MILODAMALO. Image © Ilya IvanovCasey Key Guest House / Sweet Sparkman Architects. Image © George CottWooden House / MAATworks. Image © Marcel van der Burg+ 15

Seachange House / Solomon Troup Architects

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Barwon Heads, Australia

36 Architecture Firms from the Global South You Should Know

© Zhou Ruogu/Savoye Photographe
© Zhou Ruogu/Savoye Photographe

Countries that are part of the so-called “global south” have undergone many transformations in their cities and urban contexts in recent years due to the economic and social challenges they face. Urban growth, sustainable development, quality of life and health in emerging cities, and the development of their own cultural identity have been some of the issues that local architecture had to incorporate.

Young architects have understood the importance of making an architecture that is deeply rooted in their own territory while giving this architecture a clear local identity. By generating new typologies and using their own resources and materials, they have presented innovative, site-specific and, above all, solutions with a new fresh focus towards what represents them as creators of this architecture.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Tomás Rodríguez© Fernando Schapochnik© Maurice Ascani+ 38

Fiber Cement Facades in Architecture: 9 Notable Examples

Interested in building light and modular facades with a rustic and monolithic appearance?

Composed of cement, cellulose, and mineral materials, fiber cement allows us to clad walls in a light, non-combustible, and rain-resistant way, generating facades with different textures, colors, and tones. Its panels are easily manageable, perforable, and can configure ventilated facades when installed with a certain separation between the rear wall. Check after the break for 9 projects that have cleverly used fiber cement as the primary material in facades.

24 Housing Units / Zanon + Bourbon Architects. Image © Olivier DancyCasa Hoffstad / Knut Hjeltnes. Image © Inger Marie GriniVilla GK / CORE Architects. Image © Alexander BogorodskiyCasa GZ / Studio Cáceres Lazo. Image © Pablo Casals Aguirre+ 25

Lakehouse / CollectiveProject

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Hyderabad, India
  • Architects: CollectiveProject
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3800 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Aesop Pitt Street Store / Snøhetta

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Sydney, Australia
  • Architects: Snøhetta
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Springhill House / Lovell Burton Architects

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Brick House / CollectiveProject

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Bangalore, India
  • Architects: CollectiveProject
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4600 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Three Piece House / TRIAS

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Inverdon House / Chloe Naughton

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Lighthouse / Room11 Architects

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Hobart, Australia
  • Architects: Room11 Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  88
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: EQUITONE, Adbri, CSR, Cemintel

Coppin Street Apartments / MUSK Architecture Studio

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Richmond, Australia