As my for first project as an student of architecture I was asked to design an aviary to a bird that you were assigned and let it’s characteristics control the conformation. My "client" were the North American Cardinal.
The shape of the aviary is a result of the Cardinal movement patterns. It feeds on terrestrial insects, which contributed to the increased ground surface. The wooden lattice structure narrows thereafter and starts widening towards the top again and provide increased air space. This gives the aviary a waist to accentuate the property designed parts of the structure. In its core stands a podium for the viewer to get close to the Cardinal, which is given access through an opening in the monumental stairs formation.