Created for Sculpture by the Sea 2014, a public art exhibition held along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk in Australia, ‘House of Mirrors’ is an architectural sculpture by design studio Neon.
“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.” says Neon.
“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.”
Formed from two primary materials, House of Mirrors has a steel gabion cage structure with sheets of mirror finish steel. The gabion cage structure acts to blur the house, creating an ephemeral, indistinct form.
“The interior of the house contains an opening in each of the six sides of the cube, allowing the exterior environment of sea, sky and cliff to flood in. The mirrored surface of the interior reflects and amplifies the environment internally creating a kaleidoscopic view of the surrounding environment focusing visitors’ attention on previously unseen details.”