Tucked away on the grounds of Portugal’s famous Serralves museum is a tantalizing pavilion that disappears into the greenery behind it. That’s because the small structure features mirrored surfaces and sits on a lake, reflecting its natural surroundings.
Designed by local architectural collective DepA, the pavilion takes on the basic shape of the museum itself (designed by Pritzker winner Álvaro Siza Vieira in the late ’90s), becoming a “polygon extracted from the museum’s layout,” according to the practice, and “corresponding to one of its characteristic spaces—the bow window—whose classic hexagonal matrix is repeated and emerges at various times throughout the park.”
The pavilion is an asymmetrical building with a concave program optimized for screening a short film and connecting viewers with the experience—as well as the museum’s site at large. The film in question is “O Peixe” by Brazilian artist Jonathas de Andre, which shows fishermen on the northeast coast of Brazil enacting the ritual of embracing fish that they have just caught.
By reflecting the water of the lake and the encircling trees, the mirrored pavilion seems to invite visitors to commune with the environment—as well as with the fishermen and their catch. Take a look.