How this ‘invisible’ self build uses mirrors to disappear into surrounding woodland

A house with silver berch trees around and with reflecting walls that make it look invisible
The Invisible House in Warwickshire used smoked glass mirrored panels to give it its invisible appearance by reflecting the surrounding woodland (Image credit: The Modern House)

An 'invisible' house that uses mirrors to blend itself into its woodland setting in Warwickshire has gone on sale for £2 million.

The home, aptly called "The Invisible House", is a self build that uses glass panels to give the home its unique appearance.

The interior of the home meanwhile uses black and white contrasts throughout the halls and separate pavilions.  Here, we take a good look inside.

Smoked mirror glass for its 'invisible' appearance

The Invisible House has all the typical features you'd expect in a home, but each feature is in a separate pavilion, and they're connected by see-through walkways to bring the outside in to the home.

The outside walls have smoke- mirrored glass panels with a slim three-millimetre gap between them while floating steps form the entrance.

The pavilions also appear as if they are hanging in the air with them being supported by a central core with pilings. This is where the foundation of the home is lifted from the ground using thin pieces of steel that take the weight and transfer it to the ground below.

Designer and owner of the Invisible House, Steve Smith, stated: “Mirrored façades provide a captivating backdrop for sunlight filtering through the canopies.”

A dark grey corridor welcomes you inside

There's a mirrored door that opens into the lobby and glass walkways guide the way to the living areas and to the bedroom pavilions. 

These spaces all face the landscaped garden, and every room offers views of the woods with electric blinds being installed throughout to provide further privacy.

The entrance hall has a black resin floor, dark louvred walls (walls with angled blades between them of varying length), and a rear wall made entirely of glass.

The ceiling has three strips of light that direct your gaze to one of the mature trees in the middle of the garden.

White rooms contrast with the dark corridors

In contrast to the dark grey corridors and dark exterior to the property, the bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms and kitchen are bright white.

The kitchen is entirely white, bar the black induction hob and dining table. It features a white worktop along the back wall with a tall, mirrored splashback as well as a discreet TV point and recessed LED strips line the ceiling.

From the kitchen and dining room, a door leads to a short glass corridor that takes you to the white living room. 

This room has three floor-to-ceiling sliding patio doors that look out into the garden and again recessed LEDs in the ceiling highlight the connection to the outdoor space.

The master bedroom has a floating bed to again give a feel of floating in the house adding to the floating doorsteps and pilings supporting the house.

The bedroom also has a walk-in wardrobe, a dressing area nearby connected to the room and the walls provide some great wall panelling ideas.

The en suite bathroom includes a walk-in shower, a large freestanding bath and his and her sinks.

The house is heated throughout with an underfloor heating system.

The house is for sale on The Modern House for £2 million.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.