The Bat House Visitor Center by Matt Fajkus Architecture is a fully-integrated, sustainable building that provides much-needed nesting space for bats. To offset the rigid prefabricated wood frames of the overall structure, a series of folded “origami” plates provide an effective enclosure for bat chambers as well as suitable landing areas.
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The main structure of the bat house is based on the post or “Rocket Bat House” typology, which has proven to be a successful alternative to traditional layered plate houses. Incremental units based on a 4” x 4” grid, with sharp angles and roughened surfaces, house several bat colonies while also acting as cross bracing members for the frame structure of the main space. The outer folded skin enclosing the bat chambers provides effective darkness and protection for bat dwelling and roosting, while the red external color optimizes visibility for spectators in a synergistic structure for bats and humans.