About This Project

The Bat House

This was a purpose-built structure that incorporated diverse features to attract roosting, breeding and hibernating bats. The design was generated from the desire to develop a system that in each instance would be unique yet familiar.

The variety in the outer shell was fundamentally organic in appearance fitting, in with its woodland surroundings and providing a number of different sized openings and mixed levels of enclosure. Different bat species have varying preferences for the way they enter spaces and the random openings in the structural skin not only enabled every conceivable access preference but were also designed to gradually tighten from the bottom to the top of the building, creating larger openings at the base for access by authorised staff and limited openings at the top to significantly reduce levels of direct sunlight.

Client : RIBA Competition

Location : London

Budget : N/A

Completed : 2007