Nest House by Stephan Ricci
AKA Architerroriste


French architect Stephan Ricci AKA Architerroriste has designed a conceptual house shaped like a pair of binoculars and surrounded by a nest.

Called Nest House, the self-sufficient building would have a layer of criss-crossing batons over the exterior and large windows at each end.

Here are some more musings from Architerroriste:

This is a conceptual project. I am an architect but also an artist with as medium " architecture ".

This project is an abstract vision of what could be the ecological habitat in few years.

It is a self sufficient house in energy and water. It is equipped with solar panels.

It is also equipped with a wind turbine that generates electricity but also recovers the water with ambiant humidity. And finally a pool of rainwater.

The first skin is as a nest a protection.

The second skin was thinking more like an egg - it's a structural skin but also insulation.

The project of "home-nest" with a view to radically break with the existing conventional system, giving way to a mode of living an ideal and aesthetically écologique.

"Habitat" in ecology refers to the natural life of a plant or animal species. While in human geography "habitat" is the tenure of space by humans in a function of accommodation.

To deal with this theme of "Utopia" it appeared evident to merge these two senses of the word "habitat" to create a home that is functional, economical and environmentally friendly.

In other words, a home self-sufficient in energy (wind, rainwater collection, solar panels etc ...) containing all the principles of contemporary architecture and adapted to natural environments or urban wild.

See also:


National Stadium Beijing
by Herzog & de Meuron
Weaver’s Nest by
Animal Farm
More architecture

Posted on Wednesday May 19th 2010 at 2:51 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Redfern

    My initial assumption was that the randomly criss-crossed battens were in fact solar water heating pipes in some unique synergy between the form of this design and its sustainable design aspirations. But now I realise it’s just another project with some solar panels tacked-on to the roof and that the nest is just some ‘protection’/decoration.

    It would be good to see how this project has been conceived to work in plan and section – it seems difficult to design house in the true spirit of sustainable design if the only openings are big picture windows in the principal rooms.

    The moniker Architerroiste may indeed be apt unfortunately.

  • Lol, nothing more than a second year student project. I wonder what makes this house ‘ecological habitat in few years’? How these 5 PV panels are going to run the ‘self-sufficient in energy’ building. How the spaces are futuristic? Star trek alike shape wrapped in ivy isn’t enough to name a building futuristic. Wonder how spaces inside are solved, what is the context of the building? Urban wild? Nice try, but not enough.

  • Jones

    The environmental measures are tacked-on afterthoughts. In no possible way could this be self-sufficient with such meagre power-generation, and rainwater collection doesn’t work by having an open air pond.

    The ginormous windows are inefficient both in terms of solar gain and heat loss. The walls floor and ceiling appear to be about 100mm thick, which is hardly going to allow for adequate insulation. Hell, they wouldn’t even have a chance of supporting the roof, let alone the near 10m cantilever he’s proposing.

    There’s no front door!

    This project is nonsense, and that’s without getting started on the aesthetics.

  • j

    Ok. Binoculars are telescopic, generally. Why not push the “nesting” concept a little further, by having one program “nest” within another with an implied telescoping tectonic?

    @Jones: Yes.

  • superX

    Very Star War-isch…

  • This looks like a half-baked student project.

    This project has nothing to do with nesting, other than it looks like a Bald Eagle helped decorate the exterior. The architect did manage to create a design that looks like a pair of binoculars, with some green bling tacked on, however I like Frank’s better.

    I echo Jones’ sentiments, nonsense.

  • Tim

    It’s a house (albeit conceptual), but all the images are of the outside form. Nothing about how one would live in it, move through it, etcetera. For instance, I’ve tried to locate the front door on the images, but to no avail.

    Other than that: I highly doubt that one of those turbys and a small patch of solar panels should really be enough to make a house as inefficiently in form and materialisation self-supportive. What about heating, for instance? I’m pretty sure that you cannot get sufficient high-output energy with those proposed measures.

    And don’t even get me started on the aesthetics of the building. Calling it “conceptual” and using the imagery of a pair of binoculars for form finding doesn’t free you from thinking about how a composition works, or what the effect of the building on people would be…

    In this case, “conceptual” sounds like an exuse for “poorly thought”…

  • i’m with pete on this one.

  • gaque

    I think this “artist architect” should stick to art…Architecture is not a medium, just like painting or music are not media. Gouache, ink, wood, air, etc. are media.

    What’s with the hexagons? The composition is incomprehensible.

  • rodger

    dear oh dear. planet hollywood needs you. a theme, as its expressed here in this design, is tad one dimensional, conceptually speaking.

  • Andy

    I think someone is getting a little presumptuous with their studio name.

  • Matthieu


    here we have a typical french architect : he spends years to find a name (sorry “the” name . waooo terroriste! crazy!) and weeks to build a 3D model.
    but ten minutes to draw the project (sorry : the “conceptual project”) and a short phone call to a friend able to give advices about how bring it “green” (solar panel, wind turbine…)
    and it’s “self sufficient”! but how can you tell it is? you can also say “my project can fly”, but at least show us how it works!
    what is “egg” skin mad of? seeing the thickness in images, i guess it will be made of steel. ecological steel of course.
    the nest probably won’t work. please imagine yourself as a bird. Do you want to live on a metal grid or in trees around?
    shangai’s french pavillon is also about sustainability…everybody knows that concrete magically became green since few years.

  • James, at least bald eagles build with function.

  • Anna

    I agree with all the comments above: it is disheartening that the label “sustainable” is no more than a thin layer of discourse that comes after a project has been designed. So it’s supposed to be self-sufficient in a few years…because supposedly it has solar panels?? Did you calculate how much energy you would need? The orientation? And I am guessing that it is situated on mountainside because, of course, those are the best possible wind and solar conditions.

    I do not quite frankly understand why such articles on presumptuous “architecture artists” actually get published.

  • urB

    Un terroriste?
    A quoi bon se cacher derrière le plus consensuel et bien pensant des discours ecolo-truc-much-bazar. Un terroriste pose des bombes, il ne pête pas en coeur avec Nicolas Hulot. Plutôt qu’à un terroriste, nous avons affaire ici à la énième victime du lavage de cervelle institutionnalisé, un petit soldat verdatre du green capitalism
    Soit plus qu’un légume, assume!

  • Splendid ! As Richard Meier “White is the emblem of perpetual motion”