arup associates: insect hotel
arup associates: insect hotel arup associates: insect hotel
jul 13, 2010

arup associates: insect hotel

‘arup associates’ insect hotel’ all images courtesy of arup associates

london-based arup associates have won the top golden beetle prize for their design of ‘insect hotel’ in the competition hosted by british land and the city of london, ‘beyond the hive‘. the brief called for a sustainable and creative insect habitat for the city of london parks.

the bio-mimetic design is constructed out of 25 layers of 20 mm-thick birch plywood. the irregular voids are cut out using a CNC machine and loosely bonded together on site with mechanical fixings. the 1500 mm x 1500 mm hotel’s facade is influenced from the voronoi pattern, an organic system of irregular shapes often found in nature, such as the wings of a dragonfly. the 500 mm-deep compartments provide an armature for the recycled waste materials, each compacted with different types of deadfall to cater to different types of insects: stag beetles require rotting logs for their larvae to eat and grow in, while butterflies and moths prefer a series of vertical slots using dry wooden pieces and tree barks.

different materials are used for different species

design scheme

designers with the insect hotel

  • OOOH! My obsessive compulsive collecting hoarding behavior LOVES this thing!

    Mushi says:
  • this is quite lovely :]

    narathewanderer says:
  • Great idea and looks good. Have the insects ‘checked in’?

    Ian / Richmond, Melbourne Aust. says:
  • No charge for trashing the furniture i hope?. Thats a great gesture for the insect community, i hope they get wind of the possibilities on offer and appreciate the contemporaneous graphic! Its got legs : {s

    simonalex says:
  • like marc newson bookshelf !

    marios says:
  • LAVA’s Design??

    Ale says:
  • It did not relay, so I wanted to know how it went. he said he was completely dead. Then, as the region, he explained the final. We can speak of solidarity among the French. I’d rather be him than winning our other breakaway companions and I think he feels the same about me. Starting in Rotterdam, you’re aiming for the general. What should we now expect you to Paris? PR: The General, it’s over. Now I’m focusing just on the Pyrenees. I’ll take all the steps, try to be as often as possible beforeed hardy

    ed hardy says:

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