The Bat House Project

The Bat House Project is the brainchild of Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller. Deller’s film “Memory Bucket,” for which he was awarded the prestigious British Prize, features eight minutes of footage of bats flying from a cave in Texas. After winning, Deller announced that he intended to build a bat habitat that “would be a piece of architecture, a sculpture and a living, working object.” In collaboration with the Arts Council of England and the Bat Conservation Trust, he launched Bat House Competition in 2006, inviting entrants to “imagine, design and build a home for bats in London”Open to all ages, the competition was divided into 3 categories: 1) architects and design professionals, 2) students and the general public, and 3) school kids. Currently, many of the top submissions are on display at the RIBA building in London, and they’ve confirmed what many of us have long since believe – kids are geniuses:The overall winner was the team of Jorgen Tandberg and Yo Murata, who submitted their entry in the student / general public category. Their design is a simple wood and concrete structure enclosing a series of what looks like laser-cut plywood fabricated and placed to create a habitat uniquely suited to accommodate bats. Judges called the design “beautiful, poetic and unexpected, combining state-of-the-art technology with a rural and romantic aesthetic.”Just for fun, let’s take a look at a couple more entries.The category 1 winning entry, designed by Andrew Brown, Gareth Jones, and James Falconer included multiple types of habitats for different climates and species of bats. Although Buckminster Fuller would be proud, the judges questioned the practicality of airlifting bat habitats.And a Category 2 entry designed by Alexander Bartscher & Elisabeth Deutschmann, who separated out the “batspace” of a house from the typical humanspace:The bat house exhibition will be on display at RIBA until January 26th. For more information, and to see other entries, visit the Bat House Project website.