Three quirky wooden pavilions designed to help people experience the fauna and flora of Twente province have popped up at the Provincial Museum of Natural History Natura Docet. Placed in the Dutch museum's landscape garden, the pavilions designed by Rotterdam-based Studio Makkink & Bey each play a specific role to enhance living conditions for local wildlife. One structure will act as a bee hotel, while the other two are expected to thrive as a living bridge and an indoor biotope.
Even though they look like wooden houses for people, the new wooden structures are intended for animals and plants only. The first one, located on a roundabout connecting Natura Docet with the wild garden of the old county estate Singraven, houses a mixture of grasses, shrubs and a fruit tree. These attract insects and act as a nesting place for birds and other small animals.
The living bridge is a ‘study diorama’ which frames views of the surrounding landscape; eventually it will be completely covered with plants. The view of the water bellow allows visitors to observe its life forms up close while a built in bench near the side window faces the forest and frames a view of the birds.
The third structure is a kind of skyscraper for bees. The bee tower will be used by the local beekeeping association in order to grow a large colony of bees. The chosen vegetation of hops reaches up to five meters in height and is proven to be beneficial to the insects as it reduces parasitic mite populations in honey bee colonies. Once the colony is grown, local honey farmers will be able to use the site for honey tasting sessions.