The idea of a faceted surface to create unique geometric forms is not a foreign concept especially in architecture’s current progressive movement.

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It not only allows for exploration into new structures and materials, but also enhances performance capabilities of the actual building.

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The reflective roof in Barcelona’s Encants Flea Market takes this idea and uses it to bring the city’s busy square into one space. This multi-faceted roof plays with the different mirrored angles to create a continuously changing surface.

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From a distance, it almost appears as if it is a city reflected into the sky because of the contrasting environments of the clear sky and the lively golden hues of the cityscape. The mirrored roof then becomes not only a functional installation, but also a landmark for a local busy intersection.

By Lyly Huyen

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