Architecture Trends Invisible Buildings

Trends in Architecture – Invisible Buildings


The world of architecture is constantly evolving, and the concept of invisible buildings is a recent trend that is on the increase. Invisible architecture is being developed and these buildings are designed, adapted and built to be hidden.

Reflecting natural environments

Invisible architecture makes innovative use of walls of glass, mirrors and iron exteriors. These components are used to reflect the natural environment, effectively hiding the buildings through camouflage.

The concept behind invisible buildings is to help them blend into their surroundings and, by using a range of facades, this can be achieved.

Invisible architecture around the world

Arch Daily Avenue Leclerc Invisible Architecture – Avenue Leclerc Office Building / AZC | © Sergio Grazia

In France, the Avenue Leclerc office building is an example of a building that is almost entirely invisible. The building has facades that are clear of any additional elements and the entire structure was built to achieve stability and full transparency, to give the impression of invisibility.

Treehotel Sweden Invisible Architecture

Treehotel Sweeden – The Mirrorcube

Sweden has its own example of invisible architecture in the form of the Treehotel. Hotel rooms are camouflaged in the woods, giving off the impression that they are suspended in the air. The facades of the rooms are mirrored so that the trees on the outside are reflected, allowing guests to enjoy their privacy inside.

Arch Daily Cairns Gardens Invisible Architecture – Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre / Charles Wright Architects | © Patrick Bingham Hall

The Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre in Australia is a building that reflects and fits in with its surroundings. Mirrored facades are used on the outside of the building and the inside makes use of glass, to add to the idea of invisibility for visitors.

Invisible buildings accessed through hidden doors

The use of invisible buildings is on an upward trend, and the one thing all buildings of this ilk have in common is the need for access through doors. Doors can be adapted to suit the design needs of a building, as well as providing adaptability when it comes to the type of door required.

Invisible architecture is a trend that appears to be increasing. With the move towards a more sustainable and green environment, architects are designing buildings with this in mind and are using environmentally-friendly materials to achieve invisibility.


*Sources: Homesales | Permaculture | DesignBlendz | WorldBuild365

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