A birdhouse designed by Ryan Bruxvoort resembles a piece of modernist architecture. Constructed from maple and inspired by wooden architecture projects of a much larger scale, the curved creation appears to float in mid-air.
Ryan told Design Boom, “My goal is to create a shelter that complements its environment while at the same time attracting sparrows to inhabit it. Ultimately I wish for this to culminate into a form that shows empathy for the sparrow, in a serene, carefully crafted manner. This led to the development of a delicate, almost fragile look that has been constructed in a manner that affords tremendous structural integrity. This light yet resilient quality of the house is to be reflective of the sparrow itself.’
Like Calatrava Joe took a part of nature, distilled it into simple geometric forms and placed it in an unfamiliar environment.
Calatrava was also famous for using human metrics to create the proportions of his buildings to make a connection between the buildings and its inhabitants and since Joe’s house was intended to house birds, not humans, he decided to take inspiration from them instead. As the geometric barnacles twist, the lines created are a subtle homage to the shape of bird wings in flight.
It’s not often the worlds of style and wildlife collide, but as London Fashion Week and National Nestbox Week both start on 14 February, the RSPB and the British Fashion Council decided to join forces.
Eleven top names from the British fashion industry put their unique stamp on a plain, unloved nestbox, all in the name of giving nature a (more stylish) home. The results were as diverse and amazing as nature!
These unique, never-to-be-repeated special bird hotels go on display for all to see at London Fashion Week AW14, and are to be auctioned on eBay.
Andreu Carulla’s NeighBirds is a clever take on the birdhouse that just may be the cure for empty nest syndrome – for bird mothers, at least.
Each birdhouse is hand-crafted into a hexagon from untreated pine. As a stand-alone birdhouse NeighBirds is a perfectly fine birdhouse. The genius of the design comes into play when the love birds decide to start a family.
As the family expands so can the number of residential units until you have an entire NeighBirdhood for birds.
In 2008 Danish artist Thomas Winther, aka Dambo, spent two weeks building 250 bird houses out of free and recycled materials, painted them in bright colours and installed them across 4 cities throughout Denmark.
And so kicked off the Happy City Birds Project to give urban-dwelling birds more options in which to roost and shelter or bring up their chicks.
The project has since gone global with hundreds of bird boxes installed in cities throughout the world, including 150 in Beirut.
Dambo explained his use of recycled materials; “Birds are actually great at recycling and we need to appreciate this. They eat old food, fruits, berries, and nuts lying about. In that way, they help to clean and distribute seeds around our cities, so new plants can grow.”