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Mirrored Cube Offers Tiny Refuge On Residential Garden Overlooking Downtown San Francisco

The Cube, Cass Calder Smith Architecture, San Francisco, Mirrored Dwelling, Photography Eric Laignel

Cass Calder Smith, founder of CCS architecture, has built a mirrored oasis for a client that offers extraordinary city views of San Francisco. The cubed structure, built of reinforced fiberglass, is only 100 square feet in size and serves a tiny dwelling atop a residential garden. The piece blends seemingly into its surroundings, reflecting the sky, flora and fauna in all directions.

The Cube, Cass Calder Smith Architecture, San Francisco, Mirrored Dwelling, Photography Eric Laignel

Craned onto site in five prefabricated pieces, the exterior and interior finishes were applied on site. The architect explains, “The actual and conceptual path is that you ascend up through the house, then up through the yard to the highest place on the site with the best city views, and then you go around the back of the cube through a portal, and enter it.”

The Cube, Cass Calder Smith Architecture, San Francisco, Mirrored Dwelling, Photography Eric Laignel

Once inside, an occupant is greeted by circular precast concrete seating and walls lined with white marker board. The space offers a retreat used for “…ideation, conversations and contemplation,” the architects at CCS describe. The spherical interior portal offers only views of the sky above. Its white color palette enables the ideas drawn on the board to be climatically featured.

The Cube, Cass Calder Smith Architecture, San Francisco, Mirrored Dwelling, Photography Eric Laignel

Paying homage to James Turrell’s Skyspace, the interplay of light and space were major design concepts responsible for the Cube’s oculus to the sky.

The Cube, Cass Calder Smith Architecture, San Francisco, Mirrored Dwelling, Photography Eric Laignel

Interestingly, Skyspace is a public installation that accommodates over 100 visitors at a time, while The Cube is not only private but is more intimate in its encompassing approach. Placed in a serene landscape, the Cube’s mirrored exterior fuses natural and artificial design together.

The Cube, Cass Calder Smith Architecture, San Francisco, Mirrored Dwelling, Photography Eric Laignel

Information courtesy of CCS Architecture
Photography courtesy of © Eric Laignel

DISCLAIMER: The following project does not feature Alucobond® aluminum composite material (ACM). The “Industry (Architecture)” section of our blog focuses on extraordinary architectural works from around the world. While this project does not feature our ACM, we have included comparable samples to what was used in the project above.

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