The "Migrant Garden" project consists of 40 bird nests, designed by 40 different architects, meant to remind us of the omnipresence of natural environment which continues to exist even in the most urbanized areas. French design studio Bureau A submitted their bird house concept to the project with a birdhouse that features soil encased in transparent glass structures. These birdhouses are meant to act as references to the soil underneath buildings, green patches of land amidst large cities and small signs of animal and plant life that can be found in even the most urban spaces.
The non-profit project was initiated and supported by the Politecnico di Milano, and its proceeds will be donated to charity projects in support of the environment. The 40 bird nests will be arranged on the Faculty campus garden in Piacenza , where several Italian and international architects will exhibit their projects.
“Migrant Gardens” was inspired by the revolution in zoo management and design, pioneered by thinker Carl Hagenbeck. In 1907, he opened a zoo in Stellingen, near Hamburg, based on the principles he had developed: a naturalistic milieu where barriers had been made invisible and animals could be seen in a re-enacted natural environment. Bureau A took the principle of transparency and invisible enclosures and translated it into a small-scale structure that became a beautiful object that explores our relationship with the natural surroundings.