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Bird Teahouse by Ng Pei Kang
17 Nov 2010
The bird teahouse is a rest stop for free flying birds in our HDB estates. Hung outside your HDB window, birds can peck some seeds, have a drink before they continue on their flight.
The bird teahouse offers HDB residents a chance to observe wild birds up-close, through their windows without leaving the comfort of their home. Residents can customize their bird watching experience by catering for the type of birds they like to attract. They can choose between different types of feed, fruits, drinks, shades, or even a smaller entrance to grant exclusive rights to smaller birds! Considerate neighbors can also clip on a collection tray for bird droppings, or a sound reflector to direct noise away from the HDB block.
In all, the bird teahouse presents a modern take on loving birds– not as caged pets, but as guests. This way, even birds gets to exercise their rights to choices – more attractive teahouses will naturally get more patronage!
The bird teahouse is meant to add new life to the dwindling bird business in Singapore – by taking the skills of bird cage makers and reinventing it for today. It also preserves the semantics of the bird cage, a cultural icon for many centuries which we have grown attached to.