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Illusory Log Cabins

Phillip K Smith III's Log Cabin Design is Nearly Invisible in the Desert

— November 25, 2013 — Art & Design
Were it not for the wooden panels on this log cabin design, you might never even see it in the California High Desert. The nearly invisible cabin is a creation of Phillip K Smith III, who transformed a 70-year-old wooden cabin into an interesting abode.

The cabin’s exterior is made up of alternating panels of timber and long strips of mirrors, which reflect the desert around it. This effect makes the cabin seem to disappear into the landscape around it.

Phillip K Smith III dubbed the cabin 'Lucid Stead' and it’s an interesting addition to the desert landscape, since it's exterior is a dynamic one that will always change to reflect projected levels of light, shadow and changes in the land and sky throughout the day and night.
Trend Themes
1. Invisible Architecture - The use of mirrors and other materials that reflect the surrounding environment to create architecture that appears to blend into its surroundings, creating a unique visual experience.
2. Dynamic Exterior Design - The incorporation of materials and techniques that allow the exterior of a structure to change and adapt based on environmental factors, creating a constantly evolving visual appearance.
3. Multi-sensory Experience - The integration of design elements that engage multiple senses, such as using light and shadow to create an illusion of depth and movement in architectural structures.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Architects can explore the use of innovative materials and techniques to create structures that blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment, offering a unique visual experience for occupants and passersby.
2. Tourism and Hospitality - Hotels, resorts, and other amenities in natural and scenic locations can incorporate invisible architecture and dynamic exterior design to enhance the guest experience and create a memorable stay.
3. Art and Installation - Artists and installation designers can experiment with multi-sensory experiences to create immersive and interactive artworks that engage viewers on multiple levels.
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