Hidden In
Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight recalls the excitement and wonder of playing childhood games such as hide-and-seek. The structures are clad in mirrored acrylic panels that reflect the fort’s surroundings, disguising it as a part of the landscape and allowing users to experience the thrill of seeing without being seen. The childlike scale and colorful ribbons evoke playfulness and encourage users to circulate within and around the structures.

Materials include plywood, mirrored acrylic, colored polycarbonate, poplar bark panels, and colorful PVC ribbons.

Special thanks to Regal Plastics and Bark House.

  • Services: Design / Construction by American Constructors
  • Client: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center / Fortlandia
  • Status: Completed
  • Year: 2019
  • Scope: 225 SF
Unobtrusive grid of dots was stenciled on mirrored panels to make the panels visible to all birds
"We hoped to create a space that appears to be emerging from the land and unless you take a second look, it could be camouflaged in its surroundings." — Lindsay Abati, Johanna Spencer, Daniela Valle

Press + Awards

2020

ArchdailyHidden in Plain Sight Pavilion / Nelsen Partners

2019

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterWildflower Center Chooses 10 Fort Designers for Next Fortlandia

Spectrum NEWS“Fortlandia” Exhibit Opens at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterWildflower Center Chooses 10 Fort Designers for Next Fortlandia

 
Photography:
Nelsen Partners

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