2023 Galleries

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Acorn House


Competition: Spark:Spring Student
Designer: Aidan J Hong
Design Type: Product & industrial
Company / Organization / School: Orange Cube Seoul
Team Members: Aidan J. Hong

Acorn House is a unique product designed to serve a dual purpose of protecting forests and providing a comfortable habitat for birds. The product has a design that resembles an acorn, making it blend into the natural environment and complement the surrounding trees. The top part of the birdhouse serves as a nest for birds, while the bottom part is made of paraffin wax, which melts when the temperature rises due to a nearby fire. As a result, fire extinguishing balls drop from the bottom of the house, creating a safe zone around the tree and preventing the fire from spreading further. The product is designed to hang from a tree branch, allowing it to blend into the natural environment and provide a safe haven for birds in the wild. By attaching the product to a single tree, a safe zone is created around that tree. With additional installations, an entire area can be made fire-safe, protecting large swaths of forest and wildlife. Acorn House has the potential to make a significant impact on the prevention and suppression of wildfires, especially in areas prone to dry weather and high temperatures.