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17APR 2012

Milan 2012: Fabrikaat / Brick Biotope / Micaela Nardella & Oana Tudose

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Brick Biotope is a set of brick typologies designed as a natural living environment for birds. It addresses the disappearance of the House Sparrow in the Netherlands and the need for nature to reclaim the built environment.

© Micaela Nardella & Oana Tudose
The design is contextualised in traditional red brick façades synonymous with traditional Dutch architecture. The House Sparrow often finds shelter in wall cracks.

© Micaela Nardella & Oana Tudose
Brick Biotope considers this natural phenomenon, creating a bird-friendly brick that can be applied to a standard brick wall. The design allows plants and wildlife to coexist with architecture, forming unexpected life patterns.

© Micaela Nardella & Oana Tudose
In addition, incorporating Brick Biotope into walls creates an alternative reading to standard masonry wall construction. The materials and fabrication process for Brick Biotope are motivated by the practice of using natural resources, such as sand and soil, to shape the built environment. Sand is traditionally used in sand-cast moulding techniques, however the project’s research explored the potential of utilising the malleability of the material.

© Micaela Nardella & Oana Tudose
The sand, acting as a moulding agent, is poured together with plaster and removed by hand after solidification. The shapes form unique profiles defined by voids and layers of plaster, creating useful programmable shapes within a standard brick mould.

© Micaela Nardella & Oana Tudose
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City:
Milan


Design team:
Micaela Nardella & Oana Tudose


Status:
Completed


Website:
http://extra.wdka.nl/fabrikaat/team-1-moulding/


Website (references):
http://vimeo.com/40481776






© Micaela Nardella & Oana Tudose © Micaela Nardella & Oana Tudose © Micaela Nardella & Oana Tudose © Micaela Nardella & Oana Tudose © Micaela Nardella & Oana Tudose

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