In Southern China just southeast of Guizhouthe, lies Longli, a county steeped in a dark and rich history. There, Beijing-based architect Li Hao, erected a small and secluded pavilion known as Mirrored Sight.
Centuries ago, the town was invaded by the Ming military and suffered isolation from neighboring towns. The two-story pavilion celebrates solitude by providing secluded space for only one person at a time.
The beautiful pavilion utilizes a series of natural materials with the mountain-facing side of the structure constructed in locally sourced bamboo. Strikingly, the façade that faces the town is clad in mirrored glass, hence the given name Mirrored Sight. Furthermore, the structure offers scenic views of the mountains with the addition of a pyramidal shoji paper lookout on the second floor.
The structure, overlooking the Longxi River, creates a sanctuary that is accessible by a stone bridge. The pavilion has become a sort of destination for locals offering relaxation and reflection. The purposeful use of a mirrored material offers the literal inference that visitors go there to reflect, while also enabling a camouflage mechanism to blend into the historic town instead of distracting from it.
In an interview with Dezeen, the architect explains, “The town is for daily life and the shelter creates an unusual experience for people – in the town of Longli, they belong to a big group, however here in the shelter, the individual is better appreciated.”
Photography courtesy of © Kang Wei
Information courtesy of Dezeen and Li Hao
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