Lucid Stead Transparent Cabin

When we saw this project we knew we had to share it. There's nothing better than a brilliant, simple idea, beautifully executed. The artist Phillip Smith designed this cabin in California's Joshua Tree national park, adding mirrored strips to a 70 year old cabin. These reflect the surrounding area in the day and at night are lit by solar-powered LEDs.

We love this type of design-thinking; making something 'part' of a place rather than just designing for the sake of designing. This thinking began with the likes of Hundertwasser and his roof gardens, which aimed to minimise the amount of land that was 'used up' by buildings. If you are interested, we do suggest you investigate him further.

For now though, take a look at these amazing photos.