Chameleon Cabin made from paper changes
colour when viewed from either side

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This corrugated paper cabin designed by architect Mattias Lind is printed to resemble black marble on one side of the folds and white marble on the other so it looks different from either side (+ slideshow).

Chameleon Cabin made from paper changes colour when viewed from either side

Mattias Lind of Swedish firm White Arkitekter developed the Chameleon Cabin in collaboration with branding agency Happy F + B to demonstrate the capabilities of local printing firm Göteborgstryckeriet.

Chameleon Cabin made from paper changes<br /> colour when viewed from either side

As well as the folded elevations, the two gable ends are also printed in corresponding shades so that the entire building looks black or white depending on which side it's viewed from. A bright yellow interior provides a contrasting warmth that also covers the window reveals.

Chameleon Cabin made from paper changes<br /> colour when viewed from either side

The proportions of the building are based on the Swedish friggebod, a small shed that can be erected without planning permission.

Chameleon Cabin made from paper changes<br /> colour when viewed from either side

The corrugated folds of the modules that form the walls and gabled roofline create a stable structure and are fitted together using a simple system of tabs and slots.

Chameleon Cabin made from paper changes<br /> colour when viewed from either side

A total of 95 modules were needed to assemble the building, which weighs approximately 100 kilograms and has a floor space of around seven square metres. The modular construction system could be used to produce buildings of any length.

Chameleon Cabin made from paper changes<br /> colour when viewed from either side

The entire structure is made from MiniWell, a two-millimetre-thick corrugated paper produced by Swedish company EuroWell. It is pictured here at Tjolöholms Castle in Sweden and is being presented as a promotional display at packaging trade shows.

Chameleon Cabin made from paper changes<br /> colour when viewed from either side

Photography is by Rasmus Norlander.

Chameleon Cabin made from paper changes<br /> colour when viewed from either side
Components used to build the cabin
Chameleon Cabin made from paper changes<br /> colour when viewed from either side
Components used to build the cabin
  • http://instagram.com/riabhavnani Ria

    So cool!

  • Dylan

    Piece of paper with one side black and one side white changes COLOUR! When viewed from either side, just like a chameleon, or when my dog rolls over and because he has a white under coat he CHANGES COLOUR every time. I get where this guy is coming from but similar has been done before and to be honest he could have just painted one side black and one white.

    • Romain_M

      Kinetic art uses the same visual devices as this house to great effect. It’s not as much a question of something changing colour when you act upon it, but more a question of a changing landscape depending on your point of view – something most architects are very concerned with. As such, it acts on two of your senses: sight and proprioception.

      You should check out a few of these artists: Victor Vasarely, Antonio Asis, Philippe Decrauzat, Walter Leblanc, Bridget Riley.

      As you pointed out yourself, movement is key. However, this can be considered an original piece of “in situ art” since this is the first time this particular site ever received this particular piece.

      However, I’ll readily admit that is all very artsy fartsy.

  • Lemi

    Just say it’s poetic. Nothing is original! Be nice.