FABRIKAAT Brick Biotopes creates a sustainable habitat for birds in an urban environment. The project was designed by Italian-born Micaela Nardella and Romanian-born Oana Tudose for the FABRIKAAT exhibition at Ventura Lambrate 2012. The exhibition was meant as a way to use handmade approaches that could help create a role for gardening and nature in the digital world.
The hybrid birdhouse-brick was inspired by the House Sparrow in the Netherlands due to urbanization. Interestingly enough, the House Sparrow makes its home in cracks of walls and other spaces. Using this information, designers Nardella and Tudose created the Biotope to incorporate shelter, space, food and water accessibility.
Each brick is made from a sand cast moulding technique, during which sand is poured together with plaster then removed by hand to make programmable shapes that are then filled with soil. The Brick Biotopes provides a new aesthetic to the exterior of a building while at the same time helping sustain the lives of wildlife in urban areas.
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