We don’t just build houses for shelter, but also to provide a sense of ‘home’. However, we are not the only beings who do this; certain birds also show this type of behaviour; like the bowerbird.

Male bowerbirds know that the females prefer a handy partner, which is why they build huge nests. This concept has inspired the artists: their installation follows the principle of the exoskeleton - a structure turned inside out.

Maybe it is useful for mankind to re-evaluate if it is necessary to only build permanent constructions. Building techniques that are inspired by animals are used more often in architecture, which is called organic architecture. Nest by Vikas Patil and Santosh Gujar is inspired by this movement, triggering us to look at buildings with an open mind.

About the artist

Vikas Patil is an architect and light designer from India. After obtaining his Master’s degree from the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, he worked on several projects in India, Europe and various Arabic countries. Patil has continued to develop his passion for lighting design while working as the director of the Mumbai-based Studio ALBA Lighting Design since 2011.
The Indian architect Santosh Gujar studied architecture at the Sir J.J. College of Architecture in Mumbai. In his current position as consulting architect he often works with small architecture firms, enabling him to share his knowledge on design issues and regional development.

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