Why make a contemporary stainless steel birdhouse? I’m a fan of modern architecture as well as a bird watcher. The Museum Birdhouse arose from a combination of these interests and a desire to create a truly functional birdhouse that had a contemporary aesthetic. I wanted to make use of modern materials and fabrication techniques. The design of the birdhouse was inspired by the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Experience Music Project in Seattle, the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, and the architecture of Frank Gehry. Hence the name: The Museum Birdhouse.
The first Museum Birdhouse sold at an art auction and had portraits of famous human birds on the inside walls: Larry Bird, Admiral Byrd, The Birdman of Alcatraz, Lady Bird Johnson, and Charlie “The Bird” Parker. These portraits are not included in the models being offered for sale here because they aren’t resilient enough to stand up to actual outside use. I also though that pictures of humans on the walls might discourage bird from using the houses!
Design and Construction Details. The Museum Birdhouse is made of high quality stainless steel, including the fasteners. All the parts are cut out with high pressure water jet technology to prevent heat buildup during cutting that will discolor and warp the metal. Assembly, fitting, and finishing is done by hand. This fabrication sequence allows the roof seams to be so precise that they are water proof in rainy weather.
The top of the Museum Birdhouse swings open for cleaning and a special tool attached under the house holds the top open. Over 20 vent slots on the rear wall of the interior provide ventilation in addition to vents on the edge of the back wall. There are drainage holes in the bottom and there is even a ladder inside to provide young birds a good grip when they leave the house for the first time
The interior temperature of the birdhouse was extensively monitored with computerized temperature recorders. The design features and finish were then adjusted so that even at the very hottest time of a 95 degree day, and under direct sun, the Museum Birdhouse was only a degree or two warmer than a traditional wooden birdhouse.
The Museum Birdhouse blends in with the surroundings surprisingly well--natural or urban. Partly this is a result of its simple design. But it is also because the soft finish allows for subtle reflections of nearby vegetation, buildings and the sky. The dimensions of the house were chosen to attract wrens, nuthatches, chickadees, and other small birds
Other features include. 1) Unique structural design, 2) Hand burnished with a custom non-directional satin finish, 3) No lacquer finish coat allows for development of a subtle patina, 4) Since there’s no coating, there’s no chipping, flaking and yellowing, 5) Can be hosed out or even power washed with no ill effects, 6) Made with 304 & 18-8 stainless including the connectors, 7) Will last longer than a lifetime; it’s even squirrel proof, 8) Entirely assembled, ready to use right out of the box, 9) An instruction manual that explains the features and installation, 10) A matching, movable corrosion resistant pole is included, 11) The house is easy to remove from the pole for inspection and cleaning, 13) There’s a documented history of birds successfully nesting in these houses, 14) Optional hole size, mounting brackets, and bases are available by request, and 15) Made in the U.S.
Final Result. The end result of the design, attention to detail, and field testing is a birdhouse with a contemporary aesthetic that’s truly unique, safe, durable, and it has all the features of birdhouses from a nature catalog.
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