Surface for flora & fauna

Bee Bricks

Location: UK

Inspiration: Natural bee cavities in wood

Creator: Green&BlueUK

Status: Built

Function: Surface for flora & fauna


Organism strategy: Solitary bees make up over 90% of the bee population diversity in the UK. These bees nest in small holes or crevasses. The bees are essential for pollinating many species of plants and are a key facilitator of biodiversity.

Design strategy: Designed to encourage biodiversity, this bee brick helps encourage pollinators. It provides a safe nesting place for non-swarming, solitary, and non-aggressive bees like resin bees and leaf-cutter bees. The city of Brighton and Hove in the UK has made it mandatory for new buildings of a certain size to include these bee brick elements into their construction. The bee bricks are interchangeable with other standard bricks facilitating easy integration.


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Biodiverse Walls

Location: Paris, France

Inspiration: Natural rock cliffs

Creator: ChartierDalix, Museum of Natural History of Paris, FAIRE Paris and Pavilion de L’Arsenal

Status: Built

Function: Surface for flora & fauna , Water Capture , Limit Heat Gain


Organism strategy: Plants grow naturally on many vertical rock faces in the wild. Plant growth is facilitated by sediment deposits in cracks in the rock face. Cracks can form and grow in the presence of water. As soil begins to accumulate in the cracks plants of increasing size can find a successful foothold.

Design strategy: This new vertical planting system allows plants to settle durably. Brick, stone and monomur are arranged in a way that an interior void is provided between an inner and outer layer to accommodate the substrate of the plants. This operation is made possible by the presence of lateral chaining that hold the two parts of the wall together. 


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