House of Mirrors, Kuwait
House of Mirrors, also known as the Khalifa & Lidia Al-Qattan Art Museum is the residence of Khalifa Al-Qattan and his wife Lidia, both intellectual and pioneer artists in their field. It is the only house in the World covered entirely with mirror mosaic where approximately 100 tones of white cement and 75 tones of mirror glass have been used.
Its creator, Lidia, is an Italian born artist 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 intermittently until it's completion in 2006. The exterior walls of the house is covered with murals of mirror mosaic, each design 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 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.
It has been featured in many local and international television programs from China, Europe, America and the Middle East , as well as in many documentaries and reportage in various local and international magazines and newspapers since the 1970s.
Located in Al-Qadsiya superb, the house is still a private property so appointments have to be made prior for weekday visits. The maximum number of visitors per tour are 10 individuals. The entry fees is KD 2 during weekdays and KD 3 in holidays. Kids under 4 enters for free.