reflective mirror house by johan selbing + anouk vogel

reflective mirror house by johan selbing + anouk vogel

reflective mirror house by johan selbing + anouk vogel
all images courtesy of jeroen musch




the ‘mirror house’ by amsterdam-based johan selbing architecture and anouk vogel seamlessly merges into its surrounding landscape. the private dwelling consists of a façade made entirely out of reflective glass, making the small dwelling almost invisible as it projects the outside world onto its exterior. the playful structure was realized as part of ‘de eenvoud’, the third edition of small experimental housing project in almere, the netherlands. twelve winning teams were given the possibility to realize their designs in an open area in the forest of noorderplassen-west. obstructing views through to the inside of the ‘mirror house’, the material treatment acts as a camouflage, offering its occupants a sense of privacy.


the façade is made entirely out of glass, reflecting its surroundings and obstructing views of the interior



the building’s layout was designed to be as compact as possible, with the option to adapt to different lifestyles. in dialogue with the client, the competition proposal was worked out to the smallest detail, ensuring high-levels of flexibility. a slightly raised floor offers views out to the forest with sliding doors, built in cupboards all contained within a single level. long sight lines on the interior make the house feel larger than it is, and also help to anchor it to its surroundings. the walls were covered in a birch multiplex panel, their warm appearance in contrast to the sleek glass façade.


only a door handle separates the main entrance from the rest of the façade


reflective mirror house by johan selbing + anouk vogel
the street façade has a secret window behind the glass panels with a view of neighboring plots


reflective mirror house by johan selbing + anouk vogel
the interior offers long sight lines to make the house feel larger


reflective mirror house by johan selbing + anouk vogel
view from the living room towards the forest


reflective mirror house by johan selbing + anouk vogel
the interior walls are covered with a birch multiplex panel


project info:


location: de eenvoud, almere, the netherlands
client: private
project team: johan selbing, anouk vogel
size: 120 m2
program: private house


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  • amazing way to disguise the built form into its surroundings.

    to all the bird lovers, they usually paint the glass with an infra red paint which birds can see.

    Jan 23, 2014
  • seems like anything living around it including the grass will be soon be fried by the reflected sun. Suggest making a scale model as the designer’s coffee table. Cool to look at but what would dieter rams think?

    Jan 21, 2014
  • Dead birds, dead drivers thinking there’s a road ahead; only benefit: all the neighbours would up and sell, getting away from the creepy guy living in the house with the secret window.

    Jan 20, 2014
  • Lovely interior spaces. I can’t help but wonder about the privacy issue at night.

    Ron Smith
    Jan 18, 2014
  • lotta dead birds. yikes.

    sammie mcdougald
    Jan 17, 2014

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