Beyond the Hive Results

Via Animal Architecture blog, the result of the Beyond the Hive Competition (that was featured here last month) was announced this week and the winner was the Beevarian Antsel and Gretel Chalet. There are images of all of the constructed designs along with images of the structures with their designers at the British Land website. Here are images of the designs and the final constructed projects via the British Land website.

Further Reading::

Beyond the Hive Competition:: British Land

Beyond the Hive Competition:: The Metropolitan Field Guide

Animal Architecture

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Beyond the Hive Competition

The UK really does have some excellent wildlife habitat design competitions. One of the most recent is called Beyond the Hive where designers created luxury hotels for the insects of London. The competition is a joint effort between British Land and The City of London Corporation “to celebrate 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity.” There are five finalists and they will actually be building their designs for public viewing and voting. The designs are aimed at attracting a range of insects including beetles, bees, butterflies, spiders and a variety of others. The designs are very creative and have some entertaining names as well. This is really the kind of design that is so exciting because it’s a step to bridge the gap between ecology, habitat and aesthetics. Good design can be functional and artistic.

Here are a couple of the entries from the competition.

The Bumblebee City Nesters


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Wildlife Hi-Rise

The Wildlife Design Competition from the Holbeck Urban Village in Leeds has just closed and the winners will be announced next month. This is the second year of the competition and before the winner is announced, let’s take a look at last years winner. A wildlife high-rise skyscraper was the winner last year by Garnett Netherwood Architects. The 40′ tall structures are made with reclaimed building materials and sit along a canal. The tower is aimed to provide habitat from all kinds of fauna including butterflies, bats and birds. The judges liked the design and said the following about it:

The Urban Takeback design had the right balance of ambition alongside a sensitive understanding of the local environment. Also, its high visibility gives it potential to be a focal point for engaging and attracting the community.

However, the design is entirely conceptual…

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North American Wildlife Crossing Structure Design Competition

This is a very exciting upcoming competition addressing the issue of wildlife crossings. (See the right hand column on this blog for many links on the issue.) The competition website by the ARC states the following about the competition.

ARC will engage the best and most innovative international, interdisciplinary design teams—comprised of landscape architects, architects, engineers, ecologists, and other experts—to create the next generation of wildlife crossing structures for North America’s roadways. This competition seeks specifically from its entries, innovation in feasible, buildable context-sensitive and compelling design solutions for safe, efficient, cost-effective, and ecologically responsive wildlife crossings. In doing so, it hopes to raise international awareness of a need to better reconcile the construction and maintenance of road networks with wildlife movement.

There are a number of successful wildlife crossings in North America, some large, some small, some over and some under. The Banff wildlife crossings have been one…

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