Not only human that have the opportunity to go to luxurious hotels, now the insects have the chance to feel how it is like to spend time in “Burj-Al Arab” for insects. In Britain, alongside the “Bring Back Bee” campaign, there are other interesting movement that encourage people to save garden wildlife. However, this time it involves real architects.
The “Beyond the Hive” is actually an architectural competition launched by British Land, a real estate/property company based in London. This competition is part of C. The goal is to discover the best group of architects to build insect hotels/nesting place for different species of insects such as bees, ladybird, beetles and many species of invertebrates.
There are 5 finalists who are competing to earn the title “the best luxurious insects’ hotel in London”. To find the winner, Londoners were given the possibilities to see their work in 5 different city gardens in London area.
Here below are the 5 finalists in course to win “Golden Beetle” awards for two winners that will be presented during the London Festival of Architecture.
- The Bumblebee City Nesters
Inspired by London’s tall towers, Fisher Tomlin uses recycled materials such as recycled timber, recycled broom poles, and garden and building waste. These 3 sky-scraper hotels for bugs is made originally for bumblebees but the creator didn’t close any possibility for other bugs such as beetles and butterflies to have a nice stay in the hotels. You can stop by and watch this this nice sky-craper hotel in West Smithfield Park.
Designed by Fisher Tomlin (Professional Garden Designers & Landscapers)
Location: West Smithfield
2. Brookfield Bug Buddies
A different model compared to Bumble City nester, the Brookfield Bug Buddies got the inspiration from ancient and modern architectural style of London. The pipe work from different widths and lengths were taken from the Pinnacle Tower project. The hotel also uses solid frame to facilitate access for climbing bugs.
Designed by Brookfield Europe in collaboration with consultants Arup, DP9, Hilson Moran Partnership and Sir John Cass’s Foundation School, Stepney Way, E1
Location: Postman’s Park
3. Beevarian Antsel and Gretel Chalet
This one resembles to a house than a sky craper or modern building. From my point of view this hotel looks more like a luxurious house but I really like the design, it looks very comfortable and original. According to the creator, this hotel is based on the design of Bavarian mountain chalet. The hotel uses bricks to create a solid foundation and provides multiple spaces for different type of species.
Designed to commemorate the excursion to London of the German Women in Property; entry co-ordinated by Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thueringen. Location: Cleary Garden
4. The Insect Hotel
From the look of it this hotel provides more nesting place for bees and insects. The façade of the hotel structured based on Voronoi pattern found in the natural world. This hotel’s structure resembles a large pore. There are holes that filled with woods and other elements to attract insects
Designed by Arup Associates
Location: St Dunstan’s in the East
The castle like hotel is made to accomodate many species of insects from different sizes. InnVertebrate’s structure is a mixture of strong materials and construction made of recycled wood and bricks.
Designed by ORTLOS Space Engineering and Metalanguage Design
Location: Bunhill Fields