Portugal based architecture firm depA has wonderfully mastered the art of hiding in plain sight with the design of its reflective pavilion. The creatively camouflaged building is situated lakeside in Serralves Park, where it shares space with The Museum, the country's leading contemporary art museum designed by Portuguese award-winning architect Álvaro Siza Vieira.
The temporary building was designed as a part of the architectural exhibition Live Uncertainty, 32nd Bienal de São Paulo in Porto, which runs through Feb. 18. For the design showcase, Serralves Museum commissioned five architecture firms to design and build structures that collectively help to extend "the engagement with forms of ambient and collective intelligence, as well as systemic and natural ecologies." The Serralves Art Foundation aims to "raise the general public's awareness concerning contemporary art and the environment, via the Museum of Contemporary Art, Park and Auditorium," a mission with which the mirrored structure easily aligns.
Of its nature-emphasizing building, depA writes:
The pavilion's design is a polygon extracted from the Museum's layout, corresponding to one of its characteristic spaces — the bow window — whose classic hexagonal matrix is repeated and emerges at various times throughout the Park, both in the pavements and the landscape features.
When it's not serving as a serene reflection of its natural park surroundings, the building's neutral interior makes it perfectly suited to display artwork. Additionally, its "concave polygonal configuration" allows the space to be used as a projecting surface to display short films.
When it comes to artistically disguised abodes, the reflective pavilion is in good architectural company. Earlier this year, Portugal's neighbor Spain added to our running list of remote, peace-inducing spots to visit ASAP with Penelas Architects' hidden pavilion, a three-story transparent forest retreat made of rusted steel, glass and cherry tree wood.