Gallery: Leading Architects Unveil Luxury Bug Hotels in London

These 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 is located at West Smithfield and constructed from recycled materials including recycled timber, recycled broom poles, and garden and building waste. Two local schools helped construct the towers, which were designed with solitary bees in mind, but can also provide a home for other insects.

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.

+ British Land – Beyond the Hive


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