The Izabelin house: a floating structure merging with nature.

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

Hello dear readers, I hope you are doing well. For my fellow university students, I hope you are enjoying your spring break. Today I am coming to you with a new architecture article, as requested by the majority of you, this article will focus upon the mirror house designed by Marcin Tomaszewski, founder of the Polish firm Reform Architekt. I fell in love with this project by its avantgardist look and the trick it plays to the eyes.

Located near the capital of Warsaw in Poland, the Izabelin house which is sometimes referred as the mirror house serves as a retreat for families, thanks to it's a unique design that aims to have a minimal impact on it's surrounding, the Izabelin house is a place to enjoy the moment.

Formed of two horizontally configured volumes, the mirror house's concept has been articulated through the cladding of reflective paneling on the ground floor's walls. These exterior walls appear as an extension of the surrounding forest, with an opaque cube stacked above which give a floating visual effect. The second floor appears as a levitating box that will hover in the thick forest.

A sheltered terrace in a dark brown palette is attached to the ground floor in order to provide the best blend with the surrounding earth.

Reform Architekt plays a lot with the eyes of the viewer I might say. Indeed if you approach the mirror house from one side, you’ll see a floating cube and the reflection of the surroundings, but if you approach the home from another angle, you’ll see a garage, an entrance and a few other features that expose the structure as a home. This thematic is not the only one sustained by this amazing architectural firm, the theme is also to reflect the scenery of the forest unto itself by disguising the house as a reflection.

In my opinion, this house has a really strong and sharp design that aims to project a different formulation of architecture and its relationship with the space (from within and without). I personally love integrating architecture in nature but I have to say that I would appreciate this project even more if the structure was built out of more sustainable materials.

I hope you enjoyed this article, as it is an architecture article and there is not a lot of information regarding the project, I focused upon the structure and not the interior space. But I'll still provide you with plans so you can appreciate how the space has been divided.

Love you guys and seen you soon for really exciting article about Art Dubaï ♡

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