Los Rios-based studio Natura Futura Arquitectura recently constructed an elegant viewpoint atop an Andes mountain trail—but it’s disguised so well you might miss it if you’re not careful. The rest stop, named The Invisible Portal, is a boxy wooden structure covered in mirrored panels that reflect the surrounding landscape, making the rest stop look almost invisible. The low-profile viewpoint cantilevers over the hillside for dramatic views of the valley below.
The small 13-square-meter Invisible Portal lives up to its name with its mirrored facade. The studio placed the viewpoint on a highpoint of an Andes mountain trail that stretches between Guaranda and Babahoyo. “The number of people who visit the natural vantage point use this space as a point for meeting and to rest on the grass,” said Natura Futura, according to Dezeen.
Hikers can take a rest at the Invisible Portal, which has a small opening on the rear wall for access to the wood-lined interior. Timber steps that span the width of the interior double as seating at the edge of the structure.
Images via Natura Futura Arquitectura