Bird Boxes

Collective Architecture, Glasgow, 2013


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Educational project housing local wildlife ranging from beetles to small nesting birds

This modest educational project forms part of a wider ‘Stalled Spaces’ Initiative for a little gap site within the inner city, tenemental area of Pollokshields, Glasgow.

Ongoing landscape improvements are being carried out incrementally by the local community, as and when funds become available. A tower for wildlife habitat heralds the beginning of landscape improvements by the local community.

This takes the form of a ‘totem pole’ to host slugs, snails and beetles at ground level, butterflies and spiders above, with various small nesting birds in bird boxes between 2m-4m.

The timber boxes were laser etched, then charred to provide protection and a monolithic aesthetic quality. The totem pole design was developed by Collective Architecture in association the Eco Groups at two local primary schools.


  • Begun: May 2013
  • Completed: May 2013
  • Floor area: 1m2
  • Sectors: Education, Public realm
  • Total cost: £2,200
  • Funding: Funded by Glasgow City Council Stalled Spaces Programme, Central Scotland Green Network Community Projects Fund and Area Committee Funding.
  • Tender date: Apr 2013
  • Procurement: Exchange of letters and lots of goodwill
  • Address: Stepping Stones Park, Leslie Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow, G41, United Kingdom

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