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Bringing Light Into Architecture

8 October 2018

The Mirror Sculpture in our office was first created and inspired by the concept of bringing light down into our meeting room in the basement which looked out onto a brick wall.

Mirror sculpture

Clouds are beautifully reflected

We took the property in 2014 from a barber shop and fully renovated it. The barber shop left behind 60 mirror tiles and we couldn’t let them go to waste, so gratefully took them with the intent to recycle and reuse them in an interesting fluid structure.

We created a sculpture that is both creative structurally and practical by bringing light to the interior.

Sebastian, XUL Architecture’s Director, began to create small models by arranging the mirrors into different angles to try and see what worked and what didn’t. Gradually, a shape and model began to emerge resulting in a waterfall effect that had real movement to it.

We are very pleased with how the structure turned out and exactly how it brings light into the basement. Now, instead of looking out of the window and seeing a brick wall, we can see the sky and clouds and get a sense of being outside. The lack of light was our main brief and we believe that we created a sculpture that is both creative structurally and practical by bringing light to the interior.

Reflection study

The sculpture was also designed to be seen from the street and people have commented that you can see the reflection of the sky when you walk on the pavement, adding value to the urban environment. It also provides a view of the sky from the room next to the meeting room, so together with the glass floor (attached) provides a very bright environment in which to work.

The Mirror Sculpture provides a great sense of fun and is an exciting conversation topic when people first enter the room and view the sculpture.

 

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