On until mid-Oct
Built by Firecracker Works, visitors can walk in and around the structure, whose undulations echo those of natural earth mounds and hives. Inside the structure, plants and daylight pours in to provide beautiful spaces for respite and care for insects as well as joy for visitors.
With sustainable construction at the forefront of the design process, the structure is built with panels of spruce plywood from sustainably managed forests. These were cut from 8’ x 4’ panels to maximise material usage and minimise wastage.
The plants were specially selected for their medicinal and pollinator-friendly properties to create a link with Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries at the Science Museum and Kensington and Chelsea Council’s Bee SuperHighway. Plants include Lavandula (Lavender), Pervoskio Blue Spire (Russian Sage), Rudbeckia Goldsturm (Black Eyed Susan), Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel), and Echinacia Purpurea Magnus (Coneflower).
According to the invertebrate conservation trust, Buglife, it is estimated that 84% of EU crops and 80% of wildflowers rely on insect pollination. Climate change, habitat loss, pollution and disease are pushing some pollinators to extinction. Mizzi Studio envisioned Home Away from Hive as a physical counter to this reality.
The Design Team:
Mizzi Studio is a design practice based in London and Valetta, made up of talented architects, interior designers and industrial designers. The team believes in the power of design to enrich people’s lives and the world we live in. They seek out projects that have a positive social and environmental impact, add tangible value, and make our public realm a healthier, more vibrant place to live in. Mizzi Studio creates architecture that is informed by the processes that occur in nature, brought to life through craftsmanship and powered by technology.