Designed to meet the needs of migratory birds like the tree swallow, Trove is a birdhouse that provides an elegant fixture to any tree or backyard. Manufactured from recycled molded pulp treated with waterproofing coating, it is intended for seasonal use and designed to be easily composted once the bird migrate.
These insectivores feeds from dusk to dawn on both flying and ground insects and substitute with berries during the winter months.
Considered highly social birds, they tend to nest close together with other pairs and show signs of play, often seen chasing around with feathers.
During breading season, the mother consumes calcium rich items (bones and eggshells) to support the growth and survival of their offsprings
Primarily nest in hollow cavities of dead trees that support the growth of insects and often in man-made nest boxes
Tends to live in fields, marches and shorelines near bodies of water. They begin migrating south during late July-August.
Common nest predators include omnivores and carnivores like raccoons, bears and bird of prey
Part of the ideation process sketches along with prototypes were developed. Ideas explored included birdhouses for public and private areas. Inspirations from vases, bottles, consumer products were gathered to guide the form language. Effort was made to divert from traditional "bird house" form while providing adequate area for nesting.
Working along with sketches, mockups and prototypes were made to explore different forms and sizes, methods of secure mounting as well as packaging.
In the process of exploring forms and methods of manufacturing, I came across a molded fibre pulp as a cheap and environmentally conscious material of choice. Further research into molded pulp manufacturing techniques, waterproofing, and talking to industry professionals with experience in the development of EcoLogic's Molded Pulp detergent bottle lead to the final design of the birdhouse. The paper pulp material was explored through found samples and creation of paper pulp prototypes with additives
Creating the concept model of the final product, a block of high-density polyurethane foam was CNC machined according to the CAD data developed. The machined bodies were then cut out, sanded smooth, and spray painted to resemble the textures of molded pulp. The two halves are adhered together and mounted on to a FDM printed mount.