'lesser houses' are 3D printed habitats for the insects in your home
 

'lesser houses' are 3D printed habitats for the insects in your home

amsterdam-based designer and architect angelo renna has created a series 3D-printed houses for the bugs and insects that inhabit your home. the project, titled ‘lesser houses’, highlights the remarkable but often hidden diversity of life around us by offering it a safe place to stay.

'lesser houses' are 3D printed habitats for the bugs and insects in your home
most spiders are predators that feed on insects and even other spiders…the ladybugs stay safe inside the house

 

 

‘every now and then, you probably see a little creature around your home’, explains angelo renna. ‘ants find their way to food that’s left out, spiders spin cobwebs in quiet corners of a room, and ladybugs occasionally appear near to windows where water condenses. but those you see are only a little part of it.’

'lesser houses' are 3D printed habitats for the bugs and insects in your home
ants always find a way to get back home

 

 

according to the results of a biodiversity survey published in the journal peer-J in january 2018, there are around 100 different species of spiders, insects, centipedes, and bugs that inhabit our home. in response to these findings angelo russo has developed various habitats with wildlife specialist francesco carrasso. each 3D-printed habitat is designed to suit a different type of insect, taking inspiration from the natural habitats insects carve out for themselves in nature. 

'lesser houses' are 3D printed habitats for the bugs and insects in your home
the narrow opening is the entrance door. only moths and butterflies can enter.

 

 

renna plans to make the 3D model of each house available to download and print via thingiversein the mean time, see the inspiration behind the designs below and explore renna’s other projects which include an artificial ‘sponge mountain’ that absorbs CO2 emissions.

'lesser houses' are 3D printed habitats for the bugs and insects in your home
thousand-legs house

'lesser houses' are 3D printed habitats for the bugs and insects in your home
jumping spider house

'lesser houses' are 3D printed habitats for the bugs and insects in your home
me and my roommates

'lesser houses' are 3D printed habitats for the bugs and insects in your home
ladybug house

'lesser houses' are 3D printed habitats for the bugs and insects in your home
pill bug house

'lesser houses' are 3D printed habitats for the bugs and insects in your home
maybe you will find a jumping spider in the fly house’…why not sharing

'lesser houses' are 3D printed habitats for the bugs and insects in your home
insects are the most diverse group of animals; they include more than a million described species and represent more than half of all known living organisms

'lesser houses' are 3D printed habitats for the bugs and insects in your home
ant house

'lesser houses' are 3D printed habitats for the bugs and insects in your home

ladybugs leave lonely most of the year…only in winter they hibernate together

 

project info

 

designer: angelo renna

project: lesser houses

type: 3D-printed habitats for insects

  • Living on a marsh, I have plenty of crude, plastic hostels – but they serve permethrin and other toxic cocktails to our uninvited guests. These would be cute …and, there are some guests we really like – like ladybugs.

    Jimmy

    Jimmy Xi
  • What a great idea. We all want ants, wasps, spiders etc wandering around our home and furnishings.

    If you are an artist, designer get on with something useful.

    Johnb

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