Bug hotel walls enclose the existing front garden of the Hyh House estate, in order to enhance the biodiversity of the area. The green oak timber frame sits on the existing low stone walls, containing reclaimed and recycled materials. Shielding traffic noise Bug Hotel Walled Garden creates a sanctuary for both residents and animals.
The bug hotel walls are tall enough to mitigate the noise pollution from the busy street, whilst maintaining a sense of openness and visual connectivity provided by the perforated nature of the construction. It utilises the existing stone retaining walls as plinths, lifting the timber frame structure above the ground, and encloses the existing wheelie bins.
Containing layers of clay, reclaimed bricks, logs, twigs, straw and concrete rubble - natural and manmade substances collected from local construction sites - the prefabricated green oak timber frame provides a robust structure to contain the infill materials, which can be installed in a manner of rammed earth wall construction. The design and construction of the infills can be developed and delivered with the residents, with the help from Elliot Newton at Citizen Zoo, an expert in ecology and natural habitat. A practical workshop with the residents will be conducted by the design team. The bug hotel walls will become a statement, declaring the importance of natural habitat and a re-wilding of the city for future generations.
The enclosed green area has the potential to be transformed into a place with a much richer biodiversity, such as acid grassland or neutral grassland. Mason bees, stag beetles, woodlice, earwigs, lacewings, centipedes, earthworms are the bugs encouraged to inhabit the walls, which in turn attract birds, reptiles, bats and other mammals migrating from other parts of Waltham Forest, connecting to the existing nature conservation sites within the borough and beyond.
Hayatsu Architects are specialised in public realm designs with a strong emphasis on community participation. They will collaborate with Elliot Newton, an expert ecologist and advocator for re-wilding the city at the community enterprise company Citizen Zoo, and William Ford Maclean, a maker who worked on Park Pavilion: a Making Places commission for Ridgeway Park.