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Brick Biotope at FABRIKAAT: Bricks That Double as Bird Habitats Showcased in Milan
Compelled by the disappearance of house sparrows due to the depletion of their natural environment, students Micaela Nardella and Oana Tudose designed Brick Biotope, a set of bricks that doubles as a habitat for birds. Shown at FABRIKAAT, a Dutch exhibition showcased in the Ventura Lambrate District for Milan Design Week, the project also does triple duty as a vertical garden.
The bricks, following the natural pattern of house sparrows, are sand-casted with cracks in them so that the birds can build nests, feed and live in those cracks. These bricks are merged into the standard brick wall, and can be a part of the building. With immense research into the material and the production process, Brick Biotope uses natural materials such as sand and plaster. The sand, acting as a moulding agent, is poured together with plaster and removed by hand after solidification, giving it the desired cracks.
Brick Biotope incorporates the four necessary factors for a living environment to become a wild animal’s habitat: space, food, shelter and water accessibility. Micaela Nardella and Oana Tudose are students of the Master of Interior Architecture and Retail Design program at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.
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