Architecture Students Build Tiny Mirrored Lookout That Blends Seamlessly into the Scottish Landscape

by , 06/10/14
filed under: Architecture, Gallery

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Built by hand, the Lookout consists of a timber frame structure that was fabricated offsite and then trucked into the National Park. Once on site, Ritchie and Tyler installed sheets of mirrored stainless steel laminated to birch ply. To minimize waste and building costs, the designers used standard sheet sizes that informed the final cuboid shape.

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To frame views up Loch Voil and Loch Doine, Ritchie and Tyler created cutouts in the structure for visitors to sit and stand in. Inspired by Japanese architecture, the carved out spaces are lined with slatted Frake Hardwood. Exposed and treated plywood edges frame views reflected in the mirrored panels.


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Images via PROCESSCRAFT © Ross Campbell

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  1. Lonnie McClure June 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    As this is a mirror and not a transparent sheet of glass, any approaching bird would see another bird flying directly at it.

    Given the low height of this structure and the placement in an open field, it also isn’t likely to have birds flying through the space it occupies.

  2. hf June 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Not so pretty for birds flying \’through\’ this landscape…

  3. June 10, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Birds are gonna die.

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