By Ed Esdon
Invisible architecture sounds ridiculous, but in fact it is far from it, and it one of the hottest trends for this year.
The purpose of invisible architecture is to make a structure disappear into its surroundings, or rather to mirror the environment around it.
The key to the invisibility of a building is in the use of mirrors, state-of-the-art glass and polished stainless steel to encapsulate the structure and reflect its setting. The look is particularly effective when set among trees and woodland, but looks equally effective in a rugged coastline.
The Mirror House by German sculptor Ekkehard Altenburger is exceptionally striking, as is the Mirrorcube room suspended high up in the trees in the Swedish Treehotel.
It may seem that the style is a bit too ‘out there’ for a city centre, or to be nestled in the Wiltshire countryside, but think again. One of the first mirrored homes built in the UK was actually built in the heart of Lewisham on the site of two disused garages.
The Invisible House, as it is known, was designed by architects JaK Studio, and looks incredible in its setting, its upper levels almost entirely disguised by reflecting the trees around it.
Not quite ready to cover your entire house in mirrors?
Why not consider transforming an outbuilding or shed, especially one nestled deep at the bottom of your garden. It will give a contemporary feel to any space, while giving the illusion that there is in fact no structure there at all.