by Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 9 May 2014

A barn with the superpowers of invisibility? You can bet there are smoke and mirrors at work here. Actually, just mirrors. New York-based architects STPMJ have designed a stealthy building that blends in with the trees and foliage surrounding it.

Called ‘Invisible Barn’, it makes use of reflective glass panels attached to its exterior, mirroring its surroundings and seemingly doing a disappearing act. The 2×4 barn, however, does have a giveaway. Its plywood openings give us a clue that something is amiss and that the Invisible Barn is really there.

The structure was the architecture firm’s entry to the Architectural League’s Folly Competition, and though it didn’t bag first place, it certainly captures the imagination and wonder of many.

Via Architizer