Engineers Design Prize-Winning Insect Hotel For London Parks
The winner the Golden Beetle Award is Arup Associates for their high-rise insect hotel
Arup is one of the world's great engineering firms and really understands green design (see their spectacular vision of a green future), and now devote their talents to the insect world.
The bio-mimetic design is constructed out of 25 layers of 20 mm-thick birch plywood. the irregular voids are cut out using a CNC machine and loosely bonded together on site with mechanical fixings. The 1500 mm x 1500 mm hotel's facade is influenced from the voronoi pattern, an organic system of irregular shapes often found in nature, such as the wings of a dragonfly. the 500 mm-deep compartments provide an armature for the recycled waste materials, each compacted with different types of deadfall to cater to different types of insects:
stag beetles require rotting logs for their larvae to eat and grow in, while butterflies and moths prefer a series of vertical slots using dry wooden pieces and tree barks.