City Apiary / Palafito Arquitectura
Textual content description offered by the architects. Chosen on the XII BIAU and the Colombian Biennial, this small bamboo constructing for 1000’s of Apis mellifera bees permits bees and college students to coexist in the identical place. With the paradox that bees are inside – however in an area that opens to the sky – and people are exterior – however protected by a slender and sculptural forest.
The design is predicated on squares of various sizes that complement one another in plan and part, marking the corners of an environment friendly construction. The constructing is resolved with solely two supplies: on the one hand, bamboo that varieties the construction, like a forest of columns that don’t all the time contact the bottom, however give order to the constructing and intensify its highly effective verticality. And alternatively, steel, which varieties the enclosure and permits sure permeability between the within and out of doors, between the constructing and its context.
Via thresholds, circulations of various dimensions, and interstices that the columns create, layers of permeability are fashioned. For this uncommon fee, we addressed the considerations of the researchers on the College of Science of the College, with whom we found, for instance, that bees don’t like black, and white was rather more appropriate because the program required two very totally different areas.
On the primary flooring, the place researchers needed a small laboratory, the workspace is situated: a translucent steel field that forestalls the entry of bees and varieties a stable base within the bamboo forest. This contrasts with the higher stage, reserved for beehives: a light-weight, equally metallic and translucent enclosure that opens to the sky and invitations bees to exit in quest of extra city gardens.