Bat Houses 蝙蝠之家
The aim is to interest people in bats and to drive away common stereotypes by a close look at their living conditions!
To attract the people’s attention the design must create an extrovert atmosphere deliberately. The accomodations of the bats are not covertly scattered here and there, but clustered, high-piled and self-confidently presented. The typical small bat house from the countryside becomes a skyscraper in London.
From the other riverbank, from bridges and the numerous green spaces near the LWC, one gets attracted to the LWC bat houses as they create an impression of sculptures along the river. Thus, the bat houses have the potential to become an adequate landmark, especially to tourists and passengers of Thames transportation facilities.
Each bat house has a structure that fits the animals roosting requirements. Since these requirements are quite diverse, there are three types of houses that differ in material, spacious arrangement and size. Type A has a wooden structure, type B is made out of brick and type C of concrete. Consequently, the bat houses appear in different colours: the wooden ones are brown-silver, the brick-ones are dark red and the concrete-ones are a light grey. Those materials call for different methods of construction, which affects their inner composition.
To protect the roosting bats from disturbances, the majority of the accomodations is placed on the very top of the bank. This way, they are separated from the bat observation deck path by trees and bushes.
The height of the bat houses adds up to 15m. In addition, it is imaginable that some of the accomodations continue into the soil as caves. Replicability in other locations is well conceivable, since the heights are adaptable to change.
The Visitor Pavilion serves its guests as an information center with classroom/education facilities, has an observation deck and provides shelter against rough weather conditions.
Contrary to the bat houses, it is supposed to be a low-key place that does not stand out from its natural surroundings.