The Nest: where nature is the greatest architect

In the vast ancient desert of Namibia nature is the greatest architect. Here you find "The Nest." This fantastical realization of nature's architectural philosophy is based on the sociable weaver’s nests that can be found in the Namibian landscape.

The nest at Sossus

The Nest at Sossus is a guesthouse and situated on the Namib Tsaris Conservancy, a 24,000-hectare reserve nestled between the Nubib and Zaris Mountains in Namibia's Namib desert.

The inspiration for The Nest is the structure of a weaver’s nest, but also we recognise the design and building materials of the traditional African architecture. In this part of Africa sparrow-sized birds called Sociable Weavers create enormous nesting structures that act like avian apartment complexes, housing weaver families by the hundreds.

Over the years, the birds’ droppings enrich the soil with nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, resulting in the tree growing more leaves (which giraffes eat) and providing more shade (which antelopes use in the heat of the summer) than trees without weaver nests. The nests themselves do an amazing job of staying cool in summer and warm in winter, which may be why a half-dozen other bird species vie for unoccupied nest chambers. Even cheetahs climb into the trees to sprawl over the domed roof of the nest and soak up the sun.

The Nest was designed using the unique structure of a Sociable Weaver nest as inspiration and it took eight years, including a three-year build, to bring this project to fruition, resulting in one of Namibia’s most extraordinary private villas in terms of both design and décor.

The Nest was designed by Porky Hefer, one of Africa’s most awarded creative personalities, created by landscape conservationist Swen Bachran, and decorated by the up and coming Maybe Corpaci.

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