Invisible Architecture: A new approach to building a sustainable future-

There are times when we are tired and want to get rid of all the hustle in life. We just wish to play hide and seek in real life where no one can find us.
And how cool will it be when buildings can play hide and seek with us? Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

Invisible architecture is very much similar to this, as simple as it sounds; it makes us feel as if a building doesn’t even exist.

Architecture has always been about its physical existence in the space. The beauty of a building has always been dependent upon its form and spaces that are easily interpreted. But invisible architecture is something way beyond that.
Think of an architecture that can disappear from your sight by becoming invisible or being difficult to sense.

What is invisible architecture-

Invisible architecture concept is about minimizing the appearance of being built, they can be anything; buildings, partitions, or even walkways. It’s like merging them into the environment, they literally become invisible to the city’s habitat.
Invisible architecture is a surprise in the real world.

Need for invisible architecture-

Our nature is suffering day-by-day and the list of environmental concerns is also increasing. Invisible architecture is the new trend towards building a sustainable future.
These sustainable invisible buildings decrease visual pollution by blending into the environment.

Reflecting the environment-

The invisible architecture uses components that reflect the natural environment or effectively hiding the buildings in its surroundings.
To achieve the invisible architecture concept i.e. to blend in the environment there are a variety of facades. Some of them are the use of glass walls, mirrors, iron, materials from their surroundings.

How to achieve invisible architecture-

There are many ways to bring invisible architecture into reality. Let’s have a look at them-

  • One way is to use reflective cladding materials to create an illusion of nothing being built. It makes the building part of the environment by completely reflecting the surrounding nature.
  • Another great way is to build according to the forms of the topography to blend into the surroundings using the materials available around the site.

Let’s peek-a-boo at some of the invisible buildings-

1. Mirror cube- The Tree Hotel in Sweden-

An exciting hide-out during vacations in this tree hotel is what one would definitely want. The room measures 4x4x4 meters hidden inside the mirror walls made to blend in its surroundings.
It is supported by a central tree trunk enclosed by the aluminum frame. The room can be accessed by a 12-meter-long bridge.
With the appearance of a mirror block from the outside, the room is actually made from plywood in the interiors. Accommodating two guests at a time, the room has a double bed, a toilet, and a seating space. There are two separate buildings nearby which have showers and sauna.

Just imagine passing by the breathtaking nature to reach your room.

2. Moses Bridge in the Netherlands-

Can you imagine walking through the water? Well, that’s what Moses bridge is all about.
The Moses bridge was built as a trench for one of the fortress and moat.
This pedestrian bridge only becomes visible when one goes near it because the top of the bridge and water level is almost the same. It is made entirely of wood and waterproofed with EPDM foil.
Even during the monsoon when the water level rises, it doesn’t become a problem. There is a pump fixed at the bottom of the bridge, that removes the water from the bridge and makes it usable even during monsoons.

Actually able to touch the water while crossing the bridge, what an amazing experience would it be?

3. The Rachel Raymond House in the United States-

This invisible house was made as a replacement for a demolished house. The new concept of this house is totally opposite to the original project.
Large mirrored glass panels blend in its surroundings creating a beautiful rupture.
The large spaces in the interiors relate to the outside with an ample amount of natural lighting.

What a beauty is this residence that it doesn’t block the view of the mesmerizing nature.

4. Pavilion Sierre in Switzerland-

Imagine yourself out on a vacation, walking over the hills, and suddenly spotting a house hidden in its topography. What a surprise it would be to your eyes.
Pavilion Sierrie is a single-story summer home constructed with the stones available in the terraced hill of Sierre. The home has been innovatively designed with the sensitive use of materials and form.
In its exterior, only one glass wall can be seen, the rest of the home hides in the hills.
The interiors are divided into two segments; an introverted room that connects directly to the mountain, and an open area projecting out in the valley.

5. Limestone House in New Mexico-

This one-bedroom house is designed to blend into the limestone rock it rests upon. From far, the house is nearly impossible to distinguish as the only visible elements are a few windows.
With a cave-like appearance from the outside, the house actually lets in plenty of natural light.
Inside, it looks just like a normal residence with living rooms, kitchen, and other such spaces.
The elevated position makes it a perfect spot for star-gazing and spotting meteor showers.
The house is very famous for the phrase- “living under a rock”.

The invisible architecture concept is very unique, it makes one feel as if they are surrounded by nature and not built spaces.
With the move towards sustainability, the invisible architecture trend appears to be increasing.

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