Mirror Worlds - Bartlett Summerschool, taught in collaboration with Paul Humphries, 2019.
“I’ll tell you all my ideas about Looking-glass House. First, there’s the room you can see through the glass— that’s just the same as our drawing room, only the things go the other way. I can see all of it when I get upon a chair— all but the bit behind the fireplace. Oh! I do so wish I could see that bit! I want so much to know whether they’ve a fire in the winter: you never can tell, you know, unless our fire smokes, and then smoke comes up in that room too— but that may be only pretence, just to make it look as if they had a fire. Well then, the books are something like our books, only the words go the wrong way; I know that, because I’ve held up one of our books to the glass, and then they hold up one in the other room. (...) You can just see a little peep of the passage in Looking-glass House, if you leave the door of our drawing-room wide open: and it’s very like our passage as far as you can see, only you know it may be quite different on beyond.” Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll
Mirrors have a variety of functions in architecture. As highly polished–reflective surfaces they are used to augment space and provide depth. Historically mirrors have always fascinated humans - on one hand providing us with the image of ourselves on the other letting us dream about worlds that might lie behind the surface. This Summer School sets out to explore the idea of the mirror in architecture, creating spaces and objects which might be augmented, distorted, only existing in the Looking-Glass.
Tom and James