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Drifting House / Kosaku Matsumoto

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  • Architects: Kosaku Matsumoto
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  98
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Hunter Douglas, LIXIL , Panasonic Japan, Sanwa Company

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.

The Kagerou Village / Tato Architects + ludwig heimbach architektur

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Knot-hole House / ICADA

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Fukuyama, Japan
  • Architects: ICADA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  91
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Space of No Use Showroom / Kosaku Matsumoto

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  • Architects: Kosaku Matsumoto
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  25
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AGC, Daiko, Toto, Acor, Nakamura Paint Industry, +1

The Mirror Window / Kosaku Matsumoto

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  • Architects: Kosaku Matsumoto
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  30
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Toto, Acor, Daiken Corporation, Joyful Honda

KOHTEI / SANDWICH

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Fukuyama, Japan
  • Architects: SANDWICH
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  796
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

Kyodo House / SANDWICH + team Low-energy

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Setagaya, Japan

IZAMA / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

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Nakagyo Ward, Japan

Teshima Yokoo House / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

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Tonosho, Japan