Gallery: Leading Architects Unveil Luxury Bug Hotels in London

The Insect Hotel is a classic take on the structure of an urban hotel with multiple levels and a interesting facade based on a Voronoi pattern. The hotel is constructed from 25 layers of birch plywood with voids cut out using CNC, which will be loosely stuffed with recycled waste materials and deadfall for various bugs to make their way into. The sides of the hotel are accessible for butterflies and moths, and the top is suitable for absorbing rain water through planting. The Insect Hotel is found at St. Dunstan's in the East. + Arup Associates

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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