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'El Portal Invisible' is a pavilion wrapped in mirrors that invites reflection in the countryside

Staging playful urban interventions is popular with young architects, but what about the countryside? The “Invisible Portal” by the collective Natura Futura Arquitectura takes as its subject an area of the Ecuadorian countryside called “Enchanted Clouds.”


The temporary pavilion’s mirrored exterior and wooden interior invite reflection on the surrounding landscape and encourage us to be present in the moment—”the ‘invisible portal’ is in the end, a door that opens only to discover what’s already there,” the creators have written. A fanciful image of the portal’s construction shows how the mirrors, and the landscape, have always been part of its conception—as has the dream of a deeper relationship with nature.

Natura Futura Arquitectura

Staging playful urban interventions is popular with young architects, but what about the countryside? The “Invisible Portal” by the collective Natura Futura Arquitectura takes as its subject an area of the Ecuadorian countryside called “Enchanted Clouds.”

The temporary pavilion’s mirrored exterior and wooden interior invite reflection on the surrounding landscape and encourage us to be present in the moment—”the ‘invisible portal’ is in the end, a door that opens only to discover what’s already there,” the creators have written. A fanciful image of the portal’s construction shows how the mirrors, and the landscape, have always been part of its conception—as has the dream of a deeper relationship with nature.