kobe city : bird house : 2009
These are bird houses, mounted on poles, and placed along the roadside in the mountains near Kobe, to welcome wild birds. They are finished in ‘tadelakt’, traditional Moroccan plaster, which has a beautiful polished surface.
The flower bud shape was created using a series of stacked hexagons, which gradually spiral. Corrugated cardboard was used for the core, since it was thought to be suitable for the birds, while also functioning as a mould for the 5mm layer of fibre-reinforced mortar which was trowelled onto its surface. The outer layer was then finished in tadelakt, ensuring the water-proofing of the bird house.