Beevarian Antsel and Gretal ChaletThis traditional German chalet was designed by “German Women in Property” to commemorate their recent excursion to London and is built for visiting insects from mainland Europe. Designed as a typical Bavarian mountain chalet, the bug inn will be built from reclaimed bricks to attract solitary bees, rotten logs for invertebrates, louvered boxes filled with bark for hibernating butterflies, a log drilled with holes for ladybirds and eaves filled with bamboo for lacewings. The Beevarian Chalet will be located at Cleary Garden.
The five shortlisted designs provide homes for various insects found in the city and include everything from skyscraping bug towers, landscape and garden installation, a mountain chalet, and luxury bug hotels. The five competing firms and designs include: the Insect Hotel by Arup Associates; Brookfield Bug Buddies by Brookfield Europe and the Pinnacle team; Bumblebee City Nesters by Fisher Tomlin; Inn Vertebrate by Metalanguage Design; and Beevarian Anstel and Gretel Chalet by German Women in Property.
British Land and The City of London Corporation hope that these new bug hotels will attract and support stag beetles, solitary bees, butterflies, spiders, lacewings, and ladybirds. Each design is currently under construction at five different parks around the city (Bunhill Fields, West Smithfield, Postman’s Park, St Dunstan’s in the East and Cleary Garden), and will be on view to the public starting June 18th. Love this competition and want to get in on the action design your own bee and bug hotel? Check out this roundup of DIY bee hotels and help support insect populations.