You may remember seeing magicians like David Copperfield staging wild magic tricks that included making huge buildings and objects disappear. As it turns out, certain architects also use optical illusions to perform similar feats.

In a feat of architectural wizardry, Reform Architekt has designed a home that appears to be floating, unsupported, over the forest floor. At a glance, one would think that the house consists of a minimal white box perched in the trees themselves. Take a trip around the perimeter, however, and discover that the structure has a large base that utilizes highly polished mirrors to mask itself in the surrounding vegetation. It’s a playful optical illusion that speaks in a very literal way to architecture’s place in nature, as if to say that we should build, but we should build in a way to appear as if we haven’t built at all.

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