Formed by a simple horizontal bar and vertical tower, the Bat House: Chiropteraedis, addresses the very different programmatic needs of humans and bats in a cohesive architectural gesture. Urban spaces and bat habitats represent two complex and interwoven environments, thus inspiring the overlapping constituent parts of the Bat House: the horizontal visitor’s center, bound by gravity and representing the urban landscape of London; and the vertical roost, extending skyward, overlooking the water and the surrounding wetlands.  The intersection of city, sky and water provide an open platform for consideration of the fragile relationships between natural and metropolitan environments.

The structure of the building borrows conceptually from the structure of the bat: a constructive logic of skin and bones. Prefabricated trusses are delivered to the site and are assembled to create a rigid armature resting on the ground at twelve points. Reclaimed wooden boards are fastened to the armature on a series of lightweight sub-frames allowing for quick and noninvasive assembly.

Credits:  Ian Roll project architect while at Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects