Bumblebee City NestersThese eco skyscrapers for a bug's world were inspired by the towers of London and utilize modular construction to create various sized buildings - anything from a simple B&B to a Burj Khalifa Bug Tower. A grouping of five towers ranging in heights will be located at West Smithfield and constructed from recycled materials including recycled timber, recycled broom poles, and garden and building waste. Two local schools will help construct the towers which were designed with solitary bees in mind, but can also provide a home for other insects. + Fisher Tomlin
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.