Birdhouse Roof Tiles

January 6, 2013 by


The shrinking bird population in urban settings led Netherlands-based product designer Klaas Kuiken to design an archetype Birdhouse Rooftile that replaces a standard ceramic roof tile.


The rooftop nesting place, composed of a specially designed removable basket with access below, is placed directly under the roof tile offering ventilation and protection from predators.


A wooden slat framed with a screen forms a comb-like barrier blocking out the birds from the rest of the building and leaving the area easy to clean after the breeding period.



Kuiken consulted the Vogelbescherming (Dutch bird association) on the design, resulting not only in a responsible nesting place but a birdhouse that is good for human eyes. As birds often nest in groups, the designer recommends applying several Birdhouse Rooftiles on the north and east sides of the roof.  First designed in 2009, the birdhouses have just gone into production with 100 now available for sale.

via Colossal and DesignBoom / shared by Geoff Fisher (who makes his classic birdhouses.)


  1. splendid market said:

    smart, attractive, whimsical, helpful…brilliant. Sharing with my fb readers.

    — January 6, 2013 @ 18:00

  2. Naomi/Outofmyshed said:

    These are wonderful-i.e. would like to buy some, but my roof tiles in London (UK) are flat!

    — January 7, 2013 @ 08:28

  3. hazel jarvis said:

    So charming. So clever…

    — January 7, 2013 @ 08:31

  4. Lewisham Gardens said:

    Now this IS fantastically innovative.

    Made me smile too.

    — January 7, 2013 @ 12:48

  5. Liliana said:

    So clever, we need more birds and this looks so inviting. Wish I was a bird!

    — January 11, 2013 @ 23:50

  6. Laila/Sowandso said:

    What an idea! To bad we have slates on our house but knowing that they have almost only tiles in the Netherlands I will definitely spread the word to my friends and family there.

    — January 13, 2013 @ 10:55

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  8. roofer Baltimore said:

    Its a nice thing to see birdhouse roof. At least a little bit of care of birds as well. Happy to see all such things

    — August 2, 2013 @ 07:19

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  14. Pascal Bourlart said:


    Je suis intéressé par les tuiles nichoires.
    Merci de m envoyer la documentation technique et le prix svp.
    Merci. P. Bourlart

    — January 12, 2020 @ 03:22

  15. Roger said:

    Shouldn’t have the dowel on the front.Predators will happily sit on it a pick off the young

    — July 12, 2021 @ 17:01

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  17. Anna Scott said:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderfiluu article. I think is brilliant idea to help bird population and create a more harmonious relationship bitween human & nature.

    — November 10, 2023 @ 03:37

  18. Sunil Balkrishna Sonar said:

    This article is creative and eco friendly solution for providing shelter & food for urban birds

    — November 18, 2023 @ 07:42

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