Mizzi Studio have created an organic, nest-like timber lattice, layered with medicinal and pollinating plants in consultation with garden designers from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Creating a link with Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries at the Science Museum and Kensington and Chelsea Council’s Bee SuperHighway, the installation provides an immersive hive of discovery, education and biodiversity.
Built by Firecracker Works, visitors can walk in and around the structure, whose undulations echo those of natural earth mounds and hives. Inside the structure, plants and daylight pours in to provide beautiful spaces for respite and care for insects as well as joy for visitors.
Home Away from Hive forms part of The South Ken Green Trail, a collaboration between the London Festival of Architecture and Discover South Kensington supporting the post-pandemic recovery of London’s arts and science district, and demonstrating how plants, greenery and biodiversity can be creatively embedded in London’s public realm, reclaiming space for nature amidst the bustle of the capital.
The London Festival of Architecture is the world’s largest annual architecture festival. With an amazing programme of events and activities taking place right across London every June, we welcome everyone into the conversation around architecture and our city.