A property has been dubbed “London’s invisible house” because of the giant mirror walls that reflect its surroundings.
The property, which is located on St Johns Road near Richmond Underground Station, was redesigned by architect and artist Alex Haw in 2015 - and it is certainly one of the more quirky designs we’ve seen when renovating a house.
Because of its design though it is entirely possible to walk past the house without realising it’s there. “I’ve lived in the borough for about 10 years and have driven past it more times than I could count and have honestly never noticed it,” one user commented on the social network Reddit.
The property is a former coach house, and the back of the property retains the original Victorian coach house architecture.
Its current occupants have lived there since 2019, and they confirmed to MyLondon that even though they can see passers-by, people cannot see inside the property because the reflective panels at the front are one-way.
The Idea Behind the Design
The owners said of the design: "Our designer Alex Haw came up with the idea of the mirror. The mirror would make the house 'talk with its environment'. You can see the trees on the roundabout and the clouds reflecting onto the house. We really liked the idea and ran with it."
Since the redesign, the family also confirmed that people often walk past and check their hair in the mirrors - which is something we’d feel a little uneasy about while enjoying a morning cup of coffee.
It is certainly an eye-catching property, so to speak, but remarkably other properties on the busy road have sold for nearly £2m, with house prices continuing to rise.
You can check out the property on Google Maps.
Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and is the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating, a role he has had since 2019. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms.
He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.
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