BUFFALO, N.Y. – MirrorMirror, the award-winning temporary
street tent designed by University at Buffalo architecture
professors Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis, again has been
recognized by the international design community.
The dazzling, mirrored festival tents recently were announced as
the winner of two 2014 AZ Awards, earning both the
“People’s Choice Award” and an “Award of
Merit” in the Temporary Architecture category. Sponsored by
the design magazine Azure, the AZ Awards represent an international
snapshot of top architecture and design.
This year’s competition drew 652 entries from around the
world. Both a Jury and People’s Choice award were presented
across 13 categories, from residential and landscape architecture
to interior and furniture design to student projects. An Award of
Merit was given to 36 projects.
MirrorMirror, including eight tent units, currently is on
display through Aug. 15 at the Canalside cultural and entertainment
district in downtown Buffalo.
MirrorMirror was developed by Davidson, clinical assistant
professor of architecture, and Rafailidis, assistant professor of
architecture, through their Buffalo-based practice, Davidson
Rafailidis. It was the winning entry for the 2013 IDEAS CITY
StreetFest Tenting Competition, which asked an international field
of designers to reimagine temporary street tents as provocative
spaces for the public to gather and interact. That competition was
sponsored by the Storefront for Art and Architecture and New Museum
in collaboration with Architizer.
MirrorMirror features a simple 45-degree-angled gabled roof made
of mirrored panels and an aluminum frame. Multiples of its 12-foot
by 16-foot base unit can be combined to create a barn-like
structure for larger gatherings. The panels, which reflect public
interactions below and the sky and surroundings above, are sheathed
in Mylar mirror foil, a material often used as glassless mirrors in
“The AZ award is especially exciting for us, as it
attracts an incredible amount of international submissions every
year,” says Davidson, whose research and practice
collaborations with Rafailidis explore heightened physical
relationships between buildings and users.
Adds Rafailidis: “We are also excited to see the tents
adopted into a wide range of different events and sites so
naturally. This allows us to study the main concept, which is a
structure that blends in all sorts of unknown future settings and a
structure that relates to people independently from any specific
For the past year, the tents have been on display at the New
Museum, a leading contemporary art museum in Manhattan. This
summer, the New Museum has loaned them out for a series of
festivals and events in Buffalo. In June, the tents were featured
at a gala at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
MirrorMirror’s current installation at Canalside is being
offered in collaboration with the echo Art Fair, a juried fine art
exposition that will take place at the Erie County Public Library
The tents will return to the New Museum in the fall and will
reappear on the streets of Manhattan for the 2015 IdeasCity