In many big cities around the world buildable land is in shortage and commands high prices. At the same time there is a great shortage of housing; the population is constantly increasing, there are problems with finding space for all of us and to buy land and build housing requires a lot of money.
However, we need not necessarily build on the ground, we can learn from the animals. Many animals, including birds, build their nests in trees, under roof tiles or in rock crevices – above the ground.
We, humans, could do the same – build our houses above the rare and expensive ground.
We build nesting boxes to give birds somewhere to live. A birdhouse is really a small, simple house mounted above the ground, usually in a tree. We could also build large nesting boxes, with several rooms, windows and a good climate protection – nesting boxes for humans!
There are, however, better alternatives than to assemble houses in trees. In northern Scandinavia, and other mountainous parts of the world, including in and around the city, there are plenty of cliff walls. Cliff walls would function exceptional well for mounting and attaching small houses if equipped with a load-bearing structure integrated in the frame.
In our project idea we have visualized a house that we call Nestinbox ©
Nestinbox © is a small house made of wood with an integrated steel structure which can be mounted on a cliff wall. The House hangs like a birdhouse, freely in the air, with one side against the cliff, where an indentation in the façade gives way to a footbridge from which one can reach the entrance at the back.
In the design process of the small house we have started from the idea of how you usually build a birdhouse: a wooden box at the height, with a simple sloping roof. This is the basic form, which we then modified and developed into a full-fledged home for 1-2 people.
Two out of four sides have a window. The back has, for natural reasons, only one entrance door. The fourth side could have windows, but it’s not necessary.
In this way, you are free to build two mirrored buildings near or even attached to each other without any problems.
The house, which has a smart floor plan of 3 floors, has a living area of less than 50 m2. There is a small entrance with good storage, WC with shower, kitchen with dining area, living room and a bedroom for 2 people with adjacent work room/studio; could also be used as a small children’s room. The various floors are accessible by a small spiral staircase, which is located centrally in the plan. Between the kitchen and the living room the intermediate floor is partly open, creating a sense of space and airiness despite the compact solution, which contributes to an enjoyable contact between floors.
Material and colours
The facades are clad with horizontal light and dark wood panels, where the combination of light and dark creates a beautiful interplay and also contributes to a visual reduction of the height of the construction. The roof, which has the same colour as the dark panel, may be of sheet metal or cardboard.
Nestinbox © is a smart and resource efficient wooden house that does not require the land to build on. The House is a new way to technically and visually create small homes for one or two people in areas that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to build on.
Let your thoughts have wings and imagine a life living like a bird!