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Brick Biotope at FABRIKAAT: Bricks That Double as Bird Habitats Showcased in Milan

Posted By Radhika Sawhney On April 27, 2012 @ 9:51 am In Animals,biomimicry,Conservation,Features,Landscape Architecture,Milan Furniture Fair,Vertical Garden | No Comments

Fabrikaat, Brick Biotope, Bird Friendly Brick, Piet Zwart Institute, Dutch design, Milan Design Week 2012, Salone Del Mobile 2012, Ventura Lambrate 2012, Green Design, School Projects [1]

Compelled by the disappearance of house sparrows due to the depletion of their natural environment, students Micaela Nardella and Oana Tudose designed Brick Biotope [2], a set of bricks that doubles as a habitat for birds. Shown at FABRIKAAT [3], a Dutch exhibition showcased in the Ventura Lambrate District [4] for Milan Design Week [5], the project also does triple duty as a vertical garden.

Fabrikaat, Brick Biotope, Bird Friendly Brick, Piet Zwart Institute, Dutch design, Milan Design Week 2012, Salone Del Mobile 2012, Ventura Lambrate 2012, Green Design, School Projects

Photo © Fabrikaat

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 [2] 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 [6].

+ FABRIKAAT [7]

+ Brick Biotope [2]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/brick-biotope-at-fabrikaat-bricks-that-double-as-bird-habitats-showcased-in-milan/fabrikaat-1/

[2] Brick Biotope: http://extra.wdka.nl/fabrikaat/team-1-moulding/

[3] FABRIKAAT: http://extra.wdka.nl/fabrikaat/about/

[4] Ventura Lambrate District: http://inhabitat.com/the-best-green-designs-in-ventura-lambrate-at-the-milan-furniture-fair/

[5] Milan Design Week: http://www.inhabitat.com/milan-furniture-fair

[6] Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam: http://pzwart.wdka.nl/home/

[7] + FABRIKAAT: http://extra.wdka.nl/fabrikaat/

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