In 2013, when a decaying wood shack in the middle of Joshua Tree National Park was transformed by visual and conceptual artist Phillip K. Smith III into the installation Lucid Stead, the internet went wild. Long, strip mirrors replaced alternating planks of the cabin, resulting in a space that was half there, and half not. Not too long after, another mysterious structure appeared in Coachella Valley. Part of the contemporary art exhibit Desert X, Doug Aitken’s Mirage was a ranch-style house completely clad in mirrors, reflecting the desert at every angle.
The success and buzz of the two projects reflect—pun intended—the mystery and magic of mirrored glass as an architectural surface, and its ability to warp the very environment around it. Below, we round up the most alluring mirrored projects.
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