It’s the creation of gloriously eccentric Italian-Kuwaiti artist Lidia Al Qattan, who entertains with her stories and explanations of each room, including a mirror-clad bathroom and cosmos-themed room.
The House of Mirrors or Mirror House, also known as the Khalifa & Lidia Qattan Art Museum is the residence of Artists Khalifa Qattan and his wife Lidia Qattan, both intellectual and pioneer artists in their field. The creator of the Mirror House, Lidia, is an Italian born arttist and writer who moved to Kuwait when she married her husband Khalifa. She began her project of single-handedly transforming their home into a fantastic work of art in 1966. The project was worked on intermitently until it’s completion in 2006. The exterior walls of the house is covered with murals of mirror mosaic, each designe symbolizing a meaning. The interior ground floor, is completely covered in mirror mosaic from floors, to walls, to ceilings, with each room carrying a theme such as the “Planet Earth” Hall, the “Zodiac” Hall, the “Universe” Hall, the “Knowledge” Hall, “My World” Hall, “Corridor of the Nations”, the “Shark Basin”, “Sea World” Hall, and “Stairs to Inspiration”.
The Mirror House, is a modern architectural wonder in Kuwait and was designed by the late artist and architect, Gerard Robinson. Completed in 2008, the building stands as an attraction and has become a major tourist destination in the country. Originally the house was originally a traditional Kuwaiti summer house but Robinson transformed it into a stunning modern wonder. The entire exterior of the house is covered with mirror glass, making the building seemingly invisible except for the reflection of the surroundings that are captured in the glass. The interior of the house is filled with elaborate decorations and gold detailing which draw attention to the eclectic design of the house. The Mirror House has been lauded for its unique design and for the way in which it blends the old and the new together. In 2011, the Mirror House was listed as one of the 10 best houses in the world by The Telegraph, and it has also been recognized by the World Trade Centre in Geneva. The house is a popular destination for art lovers and those dreaming of modern architecture and design. You must visit one of these historical places in Kuwait on your Kuwait tour.
he first floor is the Qattan’s Art Gallery. In Khalifa Qattan’s section are such themes as “The Egg” or “Evolution”, “The Apple” or “Sex and it’s implications on the family and society”, “Women I Saw” and “The Prophesy” or “The Iraqi Invasion on Kuwait and it’s aftermath”. In Lidia Qattan’s section are the “Art Therapy” Gallery, “Women and Society” Gallery, “Experimental” Gallery, “The Art of Recycling” Gallery and “The Galaxy Journey” Gallery. The tour ends again at the ground floor through the elevator to the Shopping Gallery where Lidia’s paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and books can be purchased.