Back to the (Human) Nest: Thoughts On Building "Natural" Homes

Back to the (Human) Nest: Thoughts On Building "Natural" Homes

Dabney Frake
Jun 24, 2013

Think of where you live right now. Does it suit your lifestyle? Is it the place you feel and do your best? Is it energy efficient? Then consider human-sized nests, like the one above by Porky Hefer. In creating these woven structures, the artist (architect?) mimics the familiar, age-old natural structures created by and for birds. 

If the best new architecture reinterprets the ways we live, and offers new constructs, ideally in harmony with our natural environments, then these nests actually make a lot of sense. Sure, they may look surreal and experimental but — deep deep down — who doesn't want to be closely cradled, in a warm and secure spot with a view of the outside world?  They are also completely natural and bio-degradable.

No one suggests you sign a new lease on a nest in the middle of Manhattan next year (although you can rent them for vacations at resorts like this one in California). But it is a fascinating conceptual thought. When you think of many modern dwellings — concrete towers, huge McMansions, even work cubicles  — you have to ask: are existing models the best way to house our bodies, with an eye towards happiness, productivity and sustainability? 

As New York proposes 350-square-foot apartments, people build their own tiny homes, and used shipping containers are converted into dwellings, ask yourself: what types of housing make natural sense, given human needs and the state of the world as it is? These twig structures are here to tell you that, when in doubt, you can always return to the nest.

More Info on "Twigitecture": New York Times

• Real-Life Human Nests by Animal Farm
• Extreme Nesting

(Image: Porky Hefer, via the New York Times)

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