Optical Illusion Glass Farmhouse Covers Dutch Town Square [Pics]

Optical Illusion Glass Farmhouse Covers Dutch Town Square [Pics]

MVRDV's 'Glass Farm' is a multi-use space with a facade that looks like a traditional farming structure.

Emma Hutchings
  • 21 january 2013

Architecture firm MVRDV printed images of a traditional farm on a glass facade, creating a structure that looks like a real farmhouse at a glance. The ‘Glass Farm’ is located in Schijndel’s market square in the Netherlands, which suffered from bombings during WWII.

Inhabitat reports that MVRDV’s founder, Winy Maas, grew up in Schijndel and has been campaigning to rebuild the square since 1980. This is the firm’s seventh proposal for the site.

Town Straddles History With Glass Building Printed With Transparent, Historic Farm Images [Pics]

The 1600m² building, which is entirely covered by a glass facade, will include restaurants, shops, and a wellness centre. Traditional farms were photographed to compose an image of the typical farm and this was printed using fritted procedure onto the glass facade. This creates an effect similar to a stained glass window in a cathedral.

The near-translucent structure is illuminated from the inside at night, transforming into a grand monument to the farm. Click through to see images of the ‘Glass Farm’:




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