The “Bird House”, proposed for the LEGO Architecture, is a building to be inhabited by a small bird. The design uses black LEGO building plates and proposes a series of new pieces that form an organic branch-like façade, and some furniture for the bird. The façade itself is based on the Cairo pentagonal tiling, seen in mathematical tessellations, works of M.C. Escher or street pavements in Cairo, hence the name. The pieces that compose the façade contain the standardized LEGO knobs and proper cylindrical recesses that allow them to be connected to each other and to the LEGO building plates. Assembling the façade is as intriguing as solving a 3D puzzle. As for the bird’s furniture, two bowls and a landing stick are designed, which also can be attached to any LEGO surface. For the purposes of the model, the new pieces were 3D-printed out of ABS using an FDM 3D printer, but can also be easily mass-produced.
This product is not only fun to build but also has an important educational value for the young audience. Children get familiar with the logic of geometry and the patterns that can originate from a few simple elements. Moreover, building a habitat for a small animal rewards the kids with a sense of achievement that boosts their self-esteem, and teaches them to respect nature.