For our review of 2019, assistant editor India Block looks back at the 10 biggest trends in architecture, including mirrored walls and designs for death.
2019 will go down in history as the year that Notre-Dame Cathedral was devastated by fire. Before the embers had stopped smoking questions about how to rebuild were being asked. The French senate eventually decreed that it must be returned to the way it looked before, but not before a lot of architects published their visions for how the place of worship could be re-imagined.
Wilder suggestions included a swimming pool, a car park and a McDonalds. The craze for re-imagining Notre-Dame peaked when designer Sebastian Errazuriz produced mockups of the cathedral being used as a rocket ship launcher.
Since then suggestions have been more subdued.
Shiny surfaces had a moment in 2019. Architect Doug Aitken clad an entire house in the Swiss Alps in mirrors. Called Mirage, it’s walls reflect the snowy mountains while its mirror-panelled interiors create a kaleidoscope effect.
In Beijing, architecture studio MAD added two bubbles wrapped in mirrored stainless steel to a courtyard house. The reflective pods provide extra space while reflecting the historic surroundings.
Chilean architecture studio Pezo von Ellrichshausen experimented with the disorientating effect of mirrors by creating a pavilion in Milan clad in polished stainless steel that cantilevers over the viewer, turning the baroque courtyard upside down in its reflection.
Le Bon Marché department store in Paris had a mirrored cube installation containing a circular skate ramp, designed in a collaboration between Chicago architecture practice MANA and skateboarder Scott Oster. The project was named Retail interior of the year at the 2019 Dezeen Awards.
As a more sombre reflection, architecture studio Counterspace used mirrors to create an installation that reflected the beautiful-but-toxic sunsets caused by mining dump dust in Johannesburg.
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