Birdhouse Social

 

 

 

 

Birdhouse Social

I made this little birdhouse for Architecture for Humanity Atlanta’s 2nd annual Birdhouse Social in August 2010. My main goals were to create something simple, sustainable, and suitable for a birdie to live in.

The design is retrofitted from an old basket — a basket has an organic, nest-like feel and is already designed for hanging. I incorporated a bowl of some green liveliness (a low maintenance cactus) into the structure to add life, color, and contrast. The bowl of cactus also provides a roof structure to plug the opening in the basket and shelter the bird. To really emphasize the hanging position of the birdhouse, I created a mobile of plant root silhouettes to spin in the wind.

The basket and bowl were found at Salvation Army. The white plastic ring and wooden dowel were left over scraps from design studio. The birdhouses were auctioned off and all proceeds benefitted the construction of a new community center in the greater Vine City area of Atlanta.