This new B+P Architects project is an art annex in New Taipei City. The structure’s skin is clad in steel mirrors that allow it to seamlessly blend into its immediate environment.
The name of the project is “Within The Reflection: THE ARK of ART”. The intimate space it creates is for creativity and reflection. The effect it generates raises issues about the presence and role of architecture in the community.
Additional projects using mirror as an overall skin include Doug Aitken’s ‘Mirage House’ and the ‘Reflective Café’ in Japan by Bandesign. Both of these architectural projects are attractive architectural structures that seem to dissolve into their surroundings.
In this case, the mirror beautifully conceals the volume and the verdant reflections that it emits from the mirror camouflage its true presence. Philosophically, it asks users (in particular ‘architectural students’) to rethink the relationship between themselves their surroundings and the environment at large. A truly thoughtful and reflective work!