Design showcase: Top five water mirrors

by | 06 Oct 2021 | Design, Design Showcase

We dive into five hotels across the UAE, China and elsewhere that really make a splash by exploiting water’s reflective capabilities in our latest TOPHOTELDESIGN exclusive

Today, we’re exploring an unbelievably useful tool for design, architecture and landscaping: water.

The magic of mirroring

Ponds and pools are beautiful for many obvious reasons, but one of their most overlooked effects is their ability to reflect light.

Think about the many reasons why mirrors are included in indoor rooms. They make the room seem bigger, add luminosity and produce an expansive feel. Apart from this, reflective water surfaces spread a sense of calm and quietness.

They can also create the optical illusion of floating in the air by seamlessly merging the sky or surrounding nature with its reflection.

Here, we’ve selected five projects that use these reflections to their utmost advantage:

Amaya Beach

Kalkudah, Sri Lanka
by PWA Architects

Imagery: © Waruna Gomis


Six Senses Bhutan

by Habita Architects and Plandscape

Supplied by Kohler


The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah

Ajman, UAE
by Lissoni & Partners

Supplied by DigiValet


Park Hyatt Suzhou

Suzhou, China
by KPF – Shanghai

Supplied by Kaldewei


Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat

Yangzhou, China
by Neri&Hu

Imagery: © Pedro Pegenaute


Click here to find more inspiring examples of water mirrors in hotels on TOPHOTELDESIGN.

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