ryan bruxvoort constructs affinity house as a shelter for sparrows ryan bruxvoort constructs affinity house as a shelter for sparrows
feb 08, 2015

ryan bruxvoort constructs affinity house as a shelter for sparrows

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.’

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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.

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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.

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maple veneer is carried throughout the bottom of the house

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blending into the environment

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detail of the rear section 

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built to handle the elements 



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  • “built to handle the elements” except for rain, which can not only fall directly into the hole, but also run down the roof into it. Sparrows don’t like soggy nests.

    JJ says:
  • except there’s only snow

    XX says:
  • I wonder what happens if it rains or snow falls into that hole…

  • Might be a nice piece of design but totally impractical for the sparrow. Entry hole wrong size, no protection for the interior, not easy to put in place. Oh well-back to the drawing board.

    Jay says:

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