How does Nature manage resources effectively? This was the leading question during the Biomimicry Thinking Design Process, and the Wood-nesting Wild Bee was the inspirational model for a Nesting Place in the Werkraumhaus
Wood-nesting wild bees choose their nesting place and the amount of provisions for the larva according to criteria of the shortest flights to supply the necessary resources. They live solitary; each female gathers pollen as victuals for the larva in their brood cells, which the bees fashion in the already existent mines made by the larva of the longhorn beetle. They use moist clay as intermediate walls of the single cells and to close off the nest. This building material and the larva provisions have to be procured from the environment with great energy and time investment; short flights and low material requirements therefore favour propagation success.
A stack of boards acted as building material; its clever arrangement allowed the formation of sleeping spaces and niches.
Stack of boards playground
Biomimicry coaches: Regina Rowland, Elisabeth Kopf
Scientists-at-the-design table: Timo Kopf, Günther Amann-Jennson, Alfred Ruhdorfer, Karin Grafl
Craftspeople-at-the-design table: Helmut Fink, Simon Hofer / members of
Beedroom interior: Samina, Ecofairbau, Wolena, Zirbenwolf
Photos: A.de.Le. Archive, Matthias Dietrich, Johannes Fink