MLRP: mirror house
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jan 12, 2012
MLRP: mirror house


‘mirror house’ by MLRP, copenhagen, denmark
all images courtesy MLRP
image © laura stamer

the copenhagen central park in denmark has transformed an existing playground pavilion into the ‘mirror house’,
designed by danish practice MLRP. previously covered with graffiti,
the structure has been converted into an interactive element,
inviting visitors to peer into the gable ends lined with funhouse trick mirrors. reflecting the dynamic activity and encompassing park,
the surfaces create a transition between the built and natural environments.

the elongated sides of the building are clad with planks of heat-modified wood, concealing a series of windows and doors
which may be opened to reveal portals to restrooms and flexible spaces used by kindergarten classes. upon swinging the doors parallel
to the facade, curved planes are revealed to view outwards, attracting children to see their distorted reflections. the concave and
convex components are formed with mirror-polished stainless steel sheets. at night, the shutters and panels may be closed to generate
an anonymous exterior.


fuhouse mirrors clad the gable ends of the pavilion
image © laura stamer


facades reflect the natural environment of the park and visitors
images © laura stamer


distorted perspectives and reflections attract visitors
image © laura stamer


the wooden facades along the long sides of the structure contain concealed doors
image © laura stamer


doors along the wooden facades may be opened to reveal more funhouse mirrors during the day
image © laura stamer


the inside surface of the doors are faced with mirrors
image © laura stamer


(left) bifold shutters
(right) portals lead to restroom facilities
images © laura stamer


facade + roof detail
image © laura stamer


floor plan / level 0


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