The ”Tij” bird observatory is a stunning timber hide situated in Scheelhoek, a nature reserve close to the Haringvliet sluice near Stellendam, the Netherlands. It is located on islands, which are breeding and feeding grounds for several species of birds, such as the common terns. Visitors enter the observatory through a long pathway and a long corridor, which carries them, hidden from the birds’ views to the lower part of the egg. Tij was designed by architecture office Ro&Ad in collaboration with RAU.
GEOMETRIA designed the Zollinger-type timber structure and managed the fabrication process of the timber pieces as well as the CLT floor. The structure was designed through parametric modeling and fabrication data was derived directly from the 3D-model. The joints are completely wooden.