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Bird House - Living Among the Wind

Caio Simonetti

Brazil is not just the Amazon; it has hundreds of biomes that are rich in life and, in many cases, much more threatened than the rainforest itself.
The chosen location was the Araucaria forest, located in the South/Southeast region of Brazil, where only 2.6% of the original forest remains. The forest has giant trees that reach up to 50m in height and 2.5m in trunk diameter.

The Araucaria regions are the places with the highest intensity of constant winds in the country, and winds are crucial for their reproduction.
With large canopies, it becomes difficult to take advantage of the sun's luminosity for energy generation. In order to improve energy efficiency and avoid cutting down the remaining trees, the 'Bird House' was created.

- Araucarias has an average density of 0.65g/cm.
- Average trunk with a diameter of 2 meters.
- It supports the weight of 3,000 kg/cm².
- The tree can support 942 tons.

The houses must always be built on trees of the Araucaria angustifolia type, popularly known as Brazilian pine (in literal translation)
It is also important to choose a location with low density of foliage and preferably on top of the hills, thus making better use of the winds.

Bird House consists of a suspended modular structure, whose main structure is the protagonist of the Forest.
In the upper and lower parts of the modules, wind funnels were placed, which created corridors with the intention of increasing and concentrating the force and mass of air in a single point, and thus, increasing the strength of homemade wind turbines. As the winds do not always come from the same place, the house was designed in such a way that it is possible to rotate it 360 degrees, this way it is possible to position it in the favor of the wind to then have a greater efficiency in capturing winds and, therefore, power generation.

- Climbing Equipment.
- Counterweight.
- Motor.

On sunny days without wind, the house can be moved to optimize solar capture, and vice versa.
Animals could use the structures to sleep, feed and make nests.
Temperature Control Scheme:
The ceiling has a slight inclination to direct hot air towards the opening that leads to the upper floor. It can be closed on cold days and opened on hot days.

Total Area: 33m² (3,30 x 10,00)
The house adapts to the needs of each person through the use of furniture that can be stored to optimize space.

Private Area
Bathroom: 2,90m² (1,50 x 1,90).
1 - Retractable washing tank inside the Box.

Bedroom: 6,30m² (3,15 x 2,00).
2 - Bed can be stored.
3 - Retractable office desk.
4 - Retractable ironing board.
5 - Retractable balcony.

Common Area: 11,80m² (3,15 x 3,75).
6 - Retractable dinner seats (x2).
7 - Retractable dinner table.
8 - Retractable view seat (removable ladder).
9 - Retractable balcony.

The house needed a light and sustainable structure that could rotate with as little effort as possible, so steel was chosen.
- Reusable Steel
Thermal insulation:
- Wood Fiber (waste)
Wall Cladding:
- Mineral Paint (Extern).
- Pine oil varnish.
- Eucalyptus (floor/lining).
- Cedar Wood (Intern).

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