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Urban Insect Hotel


Earlier this year, a competition was held in Britain called Beyond the Hive. It was held by the City of London and an architecture company called British Land to see who could build an urban housing facility for bugs. The designs were supposed to provide habitats for either a certain species or a general few.

The competition has already ended but I thought it would be great to bring the project up with readers who have not encountered anything like this before. There was more than one winner, with a total of five, and each of them contributed something unique to the contest. The one displayed above is by architecture firm Arup Associates and is a five-star hotel for spiders, beetles and moths living in urban environments. It is made mostly out of recycled materials and the roof absorbs rain water through planting.


Another winning entry is by Fisher Tomlin, a creation inspired by London’s tall buildings. It is made entirely out of recycled timber, recycled broom poles, and garden and building waste. It was designed for bees in mind but can also be home to many other insects.


The design above is called Beevarian Antsel and Gretal Chalet, inspired by the fairytale Hansel and Gretal. It was designed by German Women in Poverty and is made from reused bricks to attract bees, rotten logs for invertebrates, a log drilled with holes for ladybirds, and more. This intricate design also won the online poll for being the public’s favourite.

London, England is one of the biggest and busiest cities in the world and it’s refreshing to hear a competition like this being done. It shows that even though people lead busy lives, there are still people out there who care about the environment. The organizers themselves were from a big company and the City of London. If they have time out of their busy lives to make a small difference, people like me and you can too.

Has there been something like this in your city? Tell us about it!

For all the winners, check out this site.

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    trying very hard to find a Urban Insect Hotel to buy. any suggestions?

  • http://twitter.com/manleyh Manley H

    I’m so sorry for the late reply. I realize you may have found one by now but if you haven’t, my best advice would be to check with local wildlife centres or even gardening shows.