To prevent the shore of the Bosporus being spoiled by uncontrolled development, the city of Istanbul disallowed buildings higher than one meter in some areas. This inspired the sunken patio-house. A glass wall joining the house and the courtyard contains a large horizontal mirror, which, in conjunction forms a periscope, with a meter-high mirror above ground. This provides a superb combined view of the Bosporus against the courtyard when in the house below.
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