Last month we showcased some fun designs for luxury bee and bug hotels that were set to take root in parks around London in hopes of buoying insect populations with sustainable habitats. Five shortlisted designs were chosen for the Beyond the Hive competition and built in the parks... and the two winners were just announced! The public's favorite design was the Beevarian Anstel and Gretel Chalet by German Women in Property, and the juried winner was the the Insect Hotel by Arup Associates. All the designs were built from recycled and reclaimed materials throughout the city.
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. Each team used recycled and reclaimed materials found around the city and built their respective bug hotel in one of five parks around London. Over the last month, visitors to the parks were encouraged to vote online for their favorite, while a jury of industry experts from London selected their favorite design.
Adrian Penfold, Head of Planning & Environment at British Land said: “Congratulations are due to the organisation ‘German Women in Property’ and Arup Associates, who both demonstrated imagination and resourcefulness in meeting this unusual design brief.” Lucky bugs in the City of London can now enjoy the luxury of five-star surroundings created by leading figures from the architecture, landscaping, property and design worlds.