Birds are to many the very essense of living nature. Flying creatures in all shapes, colours, sizes are endlessly fascinating. Biotope is the world´s first and only architectural office with special expertise on birds and birdwatching (birding). We combine the field of architecture with over 25 years of experience in field ornithology. Our architectural solutions are built on both understanding and care for nature. Our bird hides carefully balance the need for visibility in order to attract and concentrate human activities, the practical requirements of the birders and sensitivity to the needs of the birds.
The ever present box bird hide based on the garden shed with viewing slots have been built by the many hundreds in UK, and beyond. Surprisingly little design thinking have been invested in this bird hide model, yet it often deliver at the basic needs it is made for: A small shelter hiding people away from the birds you want to observe. A strictly functional space, not made for social interaction, but rather a silent, often dark space made for the avid birder. At Biotope we aim to contribute to the development of bird hide designs!
We have revisited the classic box bird hide, and tweaked it to become a more friendly and inviting space, while still maintaining the qualities needed not to disturb the wildlife you want to observe. We have a couple of basic box hide models featuring key design solutions that will improve on the visitor epxerience. Biotope will also custom design a box hide to fit you needs and space, according to habitat and number of users.