Gallery: Leading Architects Unveil Luxury Bug Hotels in London

The ‘compartments’ created by the pattern provide the supporting armature for a variety of recycled waste materials and deadfall that are loosely inserted into the voids. In addition to catering for the needs of stag beetles, solitary bees, spiders, lacewings and ladybirds, the sides of the hotel are accessible for butterflies and moths and the top is suitable for absorbing rain water through planting

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.


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