Any new building, residential or commercial, begins with its visual perception, which the architect first draws in his imagination, as a rule. Together with civil engineers, he develops a project that is both practical and, in certain cases, truly unique from an aesthetic point of view.

The distinctive appearance of buildings erected in the style of invisible architecture is achieved due to the fact that the focus of designers is on finding ways to minimize, oddly enough, it is the appearance of the building under construction.

Whether it is a building, an alley, or a partition dividing different zones, the style of invisible architecture creates the illusion that there is nothing in the place where these buildings are located.

It is often used in cases where the architect wants to visually highlight the features of some other object, such as the surrounding nature.

One of the examples of invisible architecture style is the entrance pavilion of the botanical garden of the city of Cairns in Australia. The authors of his project, employees of the Charles Wright Architects bureau (English: Charles Wright Architects), stated that it was designed to be camouflaged under the gardens surrounding it and disturb the natural beauty of the area as little as possible.

Due to what is achieved invisibility of objects built in this architectural style?

In many cases, projects designed in the style of invisible architecture involve a large amount of mirror glass, especially in the construction of buildings. The idea of ​​this style, based on its name, is to make the building as invisible or invisible as possible, so the mirror glass plays a big role in it.

However, sometimes it may be advisable to use even plain glass, so that you can see the space behind it right through the walls from outside or from inside the building.

Examples of glass buildings

– Optical Glass House (eng. Optical Glass House) in Hiroshima, designed by Hiroshi Nakamura

Glass bricks are used in its construction, which makes it possible to see the interior from the street, and, being inside the building, to observe what is happening outside. But the only truly visible outside part of the interior of this house is a garden located in the center of its gable, on the one hand, to provide a higher degree of privacy necessary for a properly organized living space, and, on the other hand, to give an opportunity to admire the peaceful and serene garden area, not only residents, but also street passersby.

– Glass House (English: Glass House), created by the architectural bureau Santambrogiomilano Group

This glass house is only a conceptual project, although it is built entirely of glass, including even furniture. However, unlike the above-presented Optical Glass House, it completely ignores the requirements of privacy. True, this is nothing more than just an example of invisible architecture, which has no practical meaning, because the prospect of living literally in public view is unlikely for anyone.

– The Infinity Tower (English: Infinity Tower) in Seoul, built according to the project of the architectural bureau GDS Architects.