ryan bruxvoort constructs affinity house as a shelter for sparrows
all images courtesy of ryan bruxvoort
in his pursuit to create a suitable house for sparrows, ryan bruxvoort worked through multiple iterations in an effort to reach a final product called ‘affinity’. early on in the project bruxvoort set forth the following statement, which helped guide him through his design process from start to finish: ‘my goal is to create a shelter that compliments 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.’
the organic form enables the house to complement its environment
manufacturing began with two pieces of solid maple boards. the panels needed to go through many stages of processing in order to transform them to the desired shapes and dimensions. this resulted in 65 precision cut strips which would form the framework. 24 small wooden blocks were glued in place along the interior, which allowed the designer to join two side walls to the rest of the miniature residence.
the silver screws help convey the feeling of high strength, while adding to the visual appeal
silver hardware was carefully selected both to assemble and hang the house because it compliments the color of the clear maple. afterwards, two vertical bands of veneer were applied to the exterior to reinforce the structure, as well as to increase visual interest.
maple veneer is carried throughout the bottom of the house
blending into the environment
detail of the rear section
built to handle the elements