design indaba 2012: porky hefer of animal farm
 
design indaba 2012: porky hefer of animal farm
mar 08, 2012

design indaba 2012: porky hefer of animal farm

‘weaver’s nest – nettleton road’ by porky hefer all images courtesy of porky hefer, animal farm

biomimicry is a discipline whereby the design of nature and its various systems are examined and emulated in order to create sustainable solutions to solve real world problems.

analyzing the methods in which members of the ploceidae, or weaver bird family craft their beautifully artistic and humble dwellings, south african designer porky hefer of animal farm, one of this year’s design indaba conference speakers, references their intricate construction process and has produced a series of large-scale nests fit for humans based on the birds’ techniques.

porky’s series of ‘weaver’s nests’ have no real inner steel framework. each are meticulously crafted out of all natural materials such as bark and branches and woven in such a way that the final form offers a sturdy retreat fit for at least 2 adults.

design indaba 2012: porky hefer of animal farm detail of the ‘nettleton road’ nests which features a slide

porky’s latest ‘weaver’s nest’ is one located on nettleton road, cape town, south africa, which consists of two dwelling spaces which can be accessed via a slide. each of his creations is a one-off created for a specific location or client. they differ in size depending on the site location and client’s needs.

design indaba 2012: porky hefer of animal farm up close look at the slide and internal structure

design indaba 2012: porky hefer of animal farm some of the weaver’s nests function as proper tree houses

design indaba 2012: porky hefer of animal farm a weaver’s nest perched slightly above ground in a tree 2 x 1.9 x 1.9 mdesign indaba 2012: porky hefer of animal farm ‘weaver’s nest – mark 2’ made in collaboration with mthobeli bakana has room for two adults installation at tokara’s olive barn in stellenbosch, south africa 2.5 x 2 x 1.7 m

design indaba 2012: porky hefer of animal farm construction of ‘mark 2’

design indaba 2012: porky hefer of animal farm ‘weaver’s nest’ on stilts installed in babylonstoren, south africa

design indaba 2012: porky hefer of animal farm view of frame construction

design indaba 2012: porky hefer of animal farm weaver bird nest case studies and references

design indaba 2012: porky hefer of animal farm drawings of different weaver bird nest typologies

weaver’s nests sketches: design indaba 2012: porky hefer of animal farm

design indaba 2012: porky hefer of animal farm

design indaba 2012: porky hefer of animal farm

  • great one porky. cool documentation too.

    brian b
  • What a great idea. Sadly, the female weaver bird will destroy every nest her male suitor creates until she’s happy with it. Let’s hope the human version of the species is a little kinder

    Alan
  • unusual, interesting, inspirational

    congrats and not something you’d see any [url=http://www.johamilton.co.uk] interior designer in london[/url] doing, that’s for sure

    kintdesigner
  • very very interesting!!! COOL!

    tanvi
  • Oh so cool, I want one!!

    andrea
  • Awesome!!!congratulations

    Dilek-ZA design&art
  • Amazing, amazing, amazing!!! Great inspiration, great concept!
    Congratulations

    Boca do Lobo - Exclusive Design
  • awesome!

    dahu

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