The Insect HotelThe architectural firm Arup Associates, took home first prize as decided by an expert judging panel of industry experts from around London. The Insect Hotel consists of a series of compartments based on a Voronoi pattern, which can be found in the natural world in the rib structure of a dragonfly’s wing, and bears a close resemblance to honeycomb.
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.