So you are creative and need to immerse yourself in your work in total peace and quiet, if you want to hide from the world and lose yourself in your thoughts this has to be the ultimate architectural solution. First build your studio in a very remote place and then take your privacy to the extreme by entirely disguising the very existence of your building so that it virtually disappears into its surroundings. Once the building you are working in is hidden from view then, theoretically, so are you! Ok, so this may all sound like something out of the realms of ‘Science Fiction’, However, this is a real design that emerged from a competition for architects, and actually provides the studio with a kind of ‘cloaking device’ in the form of mirrors.
Mirrored Artists pavilion external walls
The competition brief asked for the design of an ‘innovative and functional studio’ for a contemporary artist. So as well as being exciting in concept and appearance (or disappearance in this case), the Atelier had to function on a practical level. Although this building was conceived for a specific purpose, the design concept could be easily transferred to any other type of architecture. However, the mirrors do make this place almost totally invisible, so there could be a number of interesting practical constraints to consider if planning for an urban environment! Like would you ever get any visitors or mail? From the outside this contemporary studio pavilion becomes largely hidden from view as the reflective outer shell ‘mirrors’ the trees and landscape that surround it.
Contemporary studio pavilion exterior
In this way it practically disappears from sight, there are some fascinating distortions in the reflections which give a subtle but bewildering clue to the presence of something different. Nevertheless, it is a place of secrecy unless you know it is there even the entrance is almost completely concealed from the uninvited. Having said this, if you know where to look, intriguing glimpses of the interior spaces can be seen through the semi transparent sections of the facade, and the central garden can be peeked at through a narrow slit.
Inner garden design
The pleasant inner garden may be used for eating out on fine days. This is a tranquil area for an artist to relax and nurture their ideas with nothing more disturbing to the creative process, than the sound of bird song and the buzzing of insects. The interior of the pavilion is very simply constructed as a continuous walkway which surrounds the atrium style garden. This provides a place to walk and contemplate, a little like the cloisters in a monastery. The garden is fully visible through windows opening on to the atrium and these are intersected by opaque panels.
Wooden interior design with opaque panels wall
So the maximum amount of daylight can be enjoyed by the occupant, this building is what it is, a practical working space and a place that is fully equipped with practical shelving, storage and ‘shaker’ style hooks. Although entirely ‘without frills’ this is clearly a warm and inspiring working environment. There is nothing spectacular about the techniques or materials involved in this structure, it is purely the idea that is so original.
Text by Jaz