House of Mirrors Bondi Beach

Location

Bondi Beach

 

Client

Sculpture by the Sea

 

Material Sponsor

Permathene Australia

 

Year

2014

 

Awards

The Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation

 

House of Mirrors is a reinterpretation of the classic Australian Beach Hut, an architectural typology that traditionally sits boldly and brightly in the landscape, blocking out the exterior environment whilst proclaiming its own presence. House of Mirrors challenges this approach. Instead of creating a dominating presence, it disappears into the natural landscape. Instead of blocking nature out, it welcomes and amplifies it.

 

The sculpture is formed from two primary materials, a steel gabion cage structure and sheets of mirror finish steel. The gabion cage structure acts to blur the house, creating an ephemeral, indistinct form. The mirrored steel cladding on the exterior reflects the surrounding environment, allowing the house to camouflage itself and blend in with its context.