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Stunning Work By Young Architects Uses Mirrored Aluminum Panels In Serpentine Design

Guillermo Hevia Garcia, Nicolas Urzua, Your Reflection, MoMA Young Architects Program Santiago, Mirrored Art Installation, Photography Cristobal Palma
Photography © Cristobal Palma

For the Santiago edition of MoMA’s Young Architects Program, Chilean architects Guillermo Hevia García and Nicolás Urzúa created Your Reflection a mirrored installation that hides a wondrous garden oasis in the middle of the city’s Parque Araucano.

Guillermo Hevia Garcia, Nicolas Urzua, Your Reflection, MoMA Young Architects Program Santiago, Mirrored Art Installation, Photography Cristobal Palma
Photography © Cristobal Palma

The mirrors are arranged in a winding pattern with surprises at every corner like wild flower gardens, shallow pools, and even musical performers. The installation reflects visitors and their surroundings creating an immersive experience, only interrupted by the site of high-rise buildings overhead.

Bridging the gap between architecture’s interpretative existence as art, Your Reflection creates a visitor experience, one that is completely enveloped by both sight and sound.

Guillermo Hevia Garcia, Nicolas Urzua, Your Reflection, MoMA Young Architects Program Santiago, Mirrored Art Installation, Photography Cristobal Palma
Photography © Cristobal Palma

The team was selected from a shortlist of five to create the project for the 2015 edition of YAP Constructo. The YAP Constructo is one of the four international offshoots of the MoMA YAP contest. The duo lives in the Chilean capital city, Santiago and used the installation as a way to address how many feel in a bustling urban environment.

Guillermo Hevia Garcia, Nicolas Urzua, Your Reflection, MoMA Young Architects Program Santiago, Mirrored Art Installation, Photography Cristobal Palma
Photography © Cristobal Palma

They explain, “A way to measure a good city is the amount of activities and free-access quality spaces it offers to its inhabitants. In that sense, the activities and projects intended for leisure are a good scale for measuring these aspects. So while we could say that the project does not directly attack an urgent urban agenda, we should not dismiss the importance of leisure.”

The installation was constructed utilizing 10 ½ foot aluminum mirrored panels that were fabricated in convex and concaved orientations to create the serpentine design. The panels are conformed to offer unique spaces, some more intimate than others.

Guillermo Hevia Garcia, Nicolas Urzua, Your Reflection, MoMA Young Architects Program Santiago, Mirrored Art Installation, Photography Cristobal Palma
Photography © Cristobal Palma

The architects further describe, “We have multiplied the amount of reflecting and deformation situations in order to produce an interaction belonging to a world of illusions, more surreal than real. We want the visitor to be expectant of what is going to surprise them in the next place.”

Photography © Cristobal Palma
information courtesy of Dezeen

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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