The Insect Hotel is an artificial shelter and a hibernating place for insects and arachnids built with natural materials. It consists of a divided structure into several sections with nesting facilities. Vulnerable species such as the solitary bee can settle in to develop and reproduce in a secure space. The hotel is a practical and economical way to help preserve the endangered insects due to human activities like farming and deforestation. Many of this species play a key role in the ecosystem for its pollinating activity and for being parasite predators.
The Insect Hotel solidifies biodiversity of a space. In the Parc Vallmora, the Hotel improves the quality and the health of the park because the butterflies, bees, dragonflies and other little beings are beneficial for the plants. The presence of daytime butterflies works as a good suggestion of it.
Also, this is a great pedagogical tool as it allows children and adults to observe closely the live cycle of some creatures which are difficult to find in nature. It also allows collecting data about some little known species for scientific purpose. Therefore, it is ideal as a city park attraction.
AUTHORS ENRIC BATLLE, JOAN ROIG – ARCHITECTS CLIENT MASNOU CITY COUNCIL TEAM IVÁN SÁNCHEZ, CLÀUDIA AMÍAS, SERGI ROCA -ARCHITECTS/ DOLORS FEU – AGRICULTURAL ENGINEER & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT COLLABORATORS SBS – MEP ENGINEERING BUILDER COYNSA 2000 S.L. PROGRAM PUBLIC SPACE LOCATION MASNOU, BARCELONA START AND FINISH DATE 2007 – 2016 (FIRST PHASE) AWARDS WAF 2017 WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL: DISPLAY CATEGORY PHOTOGRAPHY STUPENDASTIC FILMS