The Gourd

San Antonio, TX

People Sized Bird House - a project that maximizes experience and imagination through design ingenuity & digital fabrication, the Gourd was brought to life by over 40 Overland Pheasants (employees) under the care and direction of Patrick Winn. 

Built for the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, the Overland Gourd is a human-sized bird house meant to inspire creativity and imagination while pushing the limits of digital design and fabrication. Designed from a Purple Martin gourd (AKA the bottle gourd), it is built out of 12GA Cor-ten plate steel that is wrapped around a robin’s egg blue internal octahedron structure and perforated with over 1,000 Ball Mason jars. The jars are sources of light and life from the surrounding world.  Testing the boundaries of digital design and fabrication, 70 steel plates, each unique in shape and size, emulate the patterns of a dragonfly wing and were fabricated using CNC technology. Assembled and fabricated in-house by the Overland WorkShop, the project serves as an exemplar model of high-end digital fabrication and finely honed craft to bring an experientially unexpected space to life.


World Architecture News Temporary Spaces Long List Finalist 2015

AIA Texas Society of Architects Design Award 2015

Architizer A+ Awards Self-initiated Projects Jury and Popular Vote Winner 2015

American Steel Institute IDEAS2 Award: Best Sculpture/Installation 2015

World Architecture News Small Spaces Award Long List Finalist 2014

American Steel Institute IDEAS2 Award: Honorable Mention 2014

Architect’s Newspaper Best Fabrication 2014

AIA San Antonio Honor Award 2014

World Architecture News Temporary Spaces Long List Finalist 2014


Modern Steel Construction,”What’s Cool in Steel,” August 2015

Texas Architect, “Bottlehouse,” July 2015

Texas Architect, “2014 AIA San Antonio Design Awards,” March 2015

The Architect’s Newspaper, “Second Annual Best of Design Awards,” January 2015

Rivard Report, “Local Design Awards Recognize ‘Architecture in Everyday Life,'” November 2014

Photography by Scott Adams & Fernando Ortega


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