christian bermudez: the birdhouse project christian bermudez: the birdhouse project
nov 23, 2011

christian bermudez: the birdhouse project

‘the birdhouse project’ by christian bermudez

costa rica-born, oslo-based designer christian bermudez has created ‘the birdhouse project’, a hybrid of street art
and functioning nesting place for the pied flycatcher (ficedula hypoleuca), a migrant bird that spends most of the year
in west aftrica. however, from april until september, when it is summer in europe and winter in africa, it heads north to norway. 
several specifications had to be met to ensure the birdhouse was suitable. material use, dimensions, porosity,
permeability and timeline were all factors which would affect the nesting of the flycatcher. the power lines
are an ideal place for the birdhouses since they hang at the same height at which the bird flies.
each unit measures H12 x W12 x L26 cm (H4.7 x W4.7 x L10 inches) and has a hole which is 3.2 cm (1.3 inches)
in diameter, large enough for the birds to fit while still providing shelter. 
the soles of the shoes are detachable, allowing for the houses to be cleaned after the season is over.
a webcam is placed in one of the compartments, allowing for studies of the migrant bird. the project was declared
a success after a pair of flycatchers built a nest in one of the shoes.   

functional for the birds while it adds to the urban landscape 

a pied flycatcher departing from the birdhouse

a migratory bird perched on the opening 

removable soles revealing a nest built by a pair of pied flycatchers

detail of the layers of wood 

the stacked pieces of wood, already cut but not yet glued together

the pieces are held down with a clamp until the glue is dried 

the sanding process 

3D computer rendering diagram

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions’ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication.

  • haha wow i just found a pair next to the only Italian thing i own a humidifier. I only found them as in I lost them in my apartment…

    ACgelanapolitano says:
  • In London, shoes hung over a cable signifies that a crack den is located nearby.

    Stuart says:
  • The Birdhouses have not relationship with drugs. They are intended as a temporary house solution to migratory birds. More information about the project [url=] here [/url]

    Christian Bermudez says:
  • funny 🙂

    ilike says:

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