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This tiny shelter is for the birds

This tiny shelter is for the b...
The Birdhut is located in British Columbia, Canada
The Birdhut is located in British Columbia, Canada
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The Birhut was recently completed by Canadian firm Studio North
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The Birhut was recently completed by Canadian firm Studio North
The Birdhut is located in British Columbia, Canada
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The Birdhut is located in British Columbia, Canada
The Birdhut is accessed by a small bridge
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The Birdhut is accessed by a small bridge
The Birdhut is partially clad in clear polycarbonate panels, warming the shelter by the sun when the weather's right
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The Birdhut is partially clad in clear polycarbonate panels, warming the shelter by the sun when the weather's right
The Birdhut's facade features a dozen birdhouses 
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The Birdhut's facade features a dozen birdhouses 
The Birdhut's front facade is clad with western red cedar shingles 
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The Birdhut's front facade is clad with western red cedar shingles 
The Birdhut is ventilated by two small circular windows
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The Birdhut is ventilated by two small circular windows
A simple latch secures the Birdhut's door
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A simple latch secures the Birdhut's door
The Birdhut measures 100 sq ft (9.2 sq m)
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The Birdhut measures 100 sq ft (9.2 sq m)
The Birdhut's double bed
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The Birdhut's double bed
The Birhut was recently completed by Canadian firm Studio North
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The Birhut was recently completed by Canadian firm Studio North
The Birdhut is accessed by a small bridge
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The Birdhut is accessed by a small bridge
The Birdhut is raised 9 ft (2.7 m) above the ground on a cross-braced structure made from lodgepole pine foraged from a nearby forest
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The Birdhut is raised 9 ft (2.7 m) above the ground on a cross-braced structure made from lodgepole pine foraged from a nearby forest
The Birdhut is located in British Columbia, Canada
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The Birdhut is located in British Columbia, Canada
The Birdhut's facade features a dozen birdhouses 
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The Birdhut's facade features a dozen birdhouses 
The Birdhut is largely made from salvaged and reclaimed materials
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The Birdhut is largely made from salvaged and reclaimed materials
The Birdhut sleeps up to two people (and their dog) 
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The Birdhut sleeps up to two people (and their dog) 
The Birdhut is partially clad in clear polycarbonate panels, warming the shelter by the sun when the weather's right
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The Birdhut is partially clad in clear polycarbonate panels, warming the shelter by the sun when the weather's right
Architectural drawing of the Birdhut
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Architectural drawing of the Birdhut
Architectural drawing of the Birdhut
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Architectural drawing of the Birdhut
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Canada's Studio North recently designed and built this appealing little A-frame shelter that sleeps up to two people. Named Birdhut, it's located in a forested garden in British Columbia, Canada, and features a novel facade that sports a dozen birdhouses designed to house a variety of local birds.

The Birdhut is installed on a hill and accessed by a small bridge. A nearby stone path connects it to a natural spring and campfire. It measures 100 sq ft (9.2 sq m) and includes a double bed, some plants, and shelving.

The shelter is raised 9 ft (2.7 m) off the ground using a cross-braced structure made from lodgepole pine trees foraged from a nearby forest recently ravaged by fire. The platform and cladding for the hut are made from planks reclaimed from an old cabin deck and its front facade consists of western red cedar shingles with holes of varying size cut out for the birds to nest inside.

Like the US$700 A-frame build, the Birdhut is partially clad in polycarbonate panels, warming the interior with the sun when the weather's right, and letting in plenty of light during the day. Ventilation comes from two small circular windows.

The Birdhut's double bed
The Birdhut's double bed

A little more thought went into the shelter's design than you might expect, considering its overall simplicity.

"The materials, form, and orientation of the Birdhut were designed to offer nesting opportunities for as wide a variety of local birds as possible," says Studio North. "The pileated woodpecker for instance, is a larger bird that seeks out a nesting space 15 to 25 ft (4.5 - 7.6 m) above ground, with a 4-in (10 cm) entry hole and an 8 x 8 x 24-in (20 x 20 x 61 cm) cavity. The warbler, on the other hand, is a smaller bird that typically nests 9 ft (2.7 m) above ground with a 1 1/8-in (2.8 cm) hole and a 4 x 4 x 6-in (10 x 10 x 15 cm) cavity.

Considering both the largest and smallest varieties of local birds, the hut sits 9 ft (2.7 m) off the ground, with its peak at 20 ft (6 m) above the ground and birdhouses scattered in between."

Source: Studio North

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1 comment
chase
It's cute. I like the fact it's raised and in doing so they took nature into account.
Tad small for two people imo. My A-frame measured 14x9 feet and teared three levels with the slope of the mountain side. And it was suitable for one person comfortably.
A 10x10 footer with sloped bottom is really squeezing things. Especially for 2 people.
The round windows.. first thing I would add is a simple iris style wood shutter.
It does look like a bird house though. 😀 It's definitely a cute one with room to improve and build on.
Thanks for sharing. Cheers...