As seen above, this is our scale model of the design for the nest, that we have arrived at up till the ideation for week 8. However, there are still improvements to be made. The curved support structure sprouting from the centre feels too engineered, and detracts from the form of a natural bird’s nest. Furthermore, the halo that it supports is very thick and overbearing, taking away the attention from the overall nest form. Furthermore, it obscures light from entering the structure.
Below is our revised and refined design of the nest:
The effect is better when viewed in real life, as moving around the structure we are able to see the different intersections of the lines created by the rope. The supporting structure has been redesigned to become more homogenous and concealed within the lines of the form. The top ring and 3 supporting beams have been replaced with metal wire, which represents steel beams for the actual construction. The metal wire has been wrapped with the same rope material to conceal them, allowing them to echo the same texture as the rest of the structure. Furthermore, the top ring has been tilted at an angle to create an asymmetrical design that feels less rigid and more relaxed, as after all a bird’s nest in nature is not likely to be symmetrical as well.
The more open structure allows more light to shine onto and pass through the form, allowing the shadows of the rope lines to be cast onto the surfaces below. It also offers a design that feels lighter and airier, giving a more relaxed feeling, as we did not want the people sitting inside to feel constrained within a space, but rather to feel nestled within but still able to view their surroundings.
The proposed materials for the structure are as such, wood for the flooring and circular seating area, steel beams for the supporting framework, and manila rope to conceal the steel structure and create the intersecting lines. Our reasons for using these materials are as such. Because wood is a natural material as well, with a warm colour and texture that echoes that of the manila rope, we felt that the two materials would be homogenous together. Furthermore, manila rope has both strength and flexibility, and we feel is the most ideal material to echo the elements of the nest, on this much larger scale. It is also sustainable and long lasting, taking on a patina as it ages. It is resilient, and also easily replaceable when the need arises. Steel is a strong material that is malleable, as such we are able to bend it into the form that we need. Also, it leaves a small footprint, meaning that it does not take up relatively much space, while being able to support a great amount of weight. As such it is ideal because it is more easily concealable than a bulkier supporting structure.