Alphabet des Lebens
Alphabet of Life

Living like the Wild Bees
Bauen wie die Wildbiene — Schlafen wie im Wald

The Wood-nesting Wild Bee gave the inspiration for a sleeping area in the learning lab. As modelled by Nature, the thrifty and intelligent management of resources (material and energy) formed the starting base. The Bee Bed is devoted to the science of healthy sleep, and to sensuousness and dreaming.

Building like the Wild Bees
Bauen wie die Wildbiene

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.

Biomimicry Thinking Design Process

Design challenge: Design of a sleeping area in the exhibition hall of Werkraum bregenzerwald
Nature's model: Wood-nesting Wild Bees
Life Principle: Be Resource-Efficient (Material and Energy)
Design Principle: Skillfully and conservatively take advantage of resources and opportunities

A stack of boards acted as building material; its clever arrangement allowed the formation of sleeping spaces and niches.

Stack of boards playground

Sleeping in the Woods
Schlafen wie im Wald

What are the essential conditions to create a healthy environment for a healthy sleep?

Biomimicry design concept: Claus Schnetzer, Elisabeth Kopf and Thomas Geisler
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
Werkraum Bregenzerwald
Biomimicry architecture: Claus Schnetzer / SchnetzerPils ZT
Beedroom interior: Samina, Ecofairbau, Wolena, Zirbenwolf

Photos: Archive, Matthias Dietrich, Johannes Fink