Imagine a global concept that reflects an ideology, the origins of architecture. Representing the achievement of minimum space, we are at the center of modernists priorities. Despite, or precisely because of its humility, the small-scale architecture embodies micro-monumentality. It comes from Vitruvius, but its role in architectural theory takes its full meaning with Abbé Laugier's Essay on Architecture in 1753. Clear but subtle, basic but ingenious, modest but spacious: functional in all aspects. The birdhouse contains only four sides, a roof, and a cut-out, enough to create a multipurpose space. Like a carceral architecture, there is no room for the futile. We are back to the myth of the primitive hut which only concern is to protect oneself against the elements and wild animals. As a mystical experience, it is a quest for a return to nature, where it’s done by creating a shelter, a sanctuary, a place where you can find yourself. Strange or ironic, the quest for nature is done by a human artifact. Shaped in wood, brick, stone, or steel, its construction is work of art.
As the archetype of the minimum cell, based on an anatomical and functional approach, consider the artifact of the small house. The birdhouse is the modest interpretation of small-scale architecture. A closer look shows unexpected complicity between human beings and birds, between the home and the hut.