Bathaus by Studio Weave
Studio Weave have been commissioned by Loughborough University to design a Bathaus (bat house) on the site of an abandoned 19th century cottage.
Loughborough University is home to one of the UK's largest science and enterprise parks and it's growing. Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Parks (LUSEP) has expanded significantly since the University acquired the site from British Gas in 2003. As part of the redevelopment plans in 2015 LU Arts were invited to commission a project to develop a suitable design providing a unique new habitat for bats residing in an abandoned building.
The new 'bat house' will build upon the universities track record of initiating innovative schemes for supporting and extending the biodiversity of the campus to create a rich tapestry of flora and fauna.
Studio Weave, a London-based architectural practice have proposed to change the cottage to the needs of its residents. They refer to this project as a “curated reduction”. Rather than provide a new roosting structure, Studio Weave propose to carve away materials of the existing property which are no longer needed.
The design has been driven by a fascination in the evolution of the cottage over time and the traces in its built fabric reflecting the collective memory of many beings. At present, this cottage is characterised by the habitation of a colony of bats. Their choice to make the cottage their home is respected and the adaptation of the cottage for their future needs are seen as the main driver for the project.
This process is intended to be a curated reduction. Rather than providing a new roosting structure, which often comes with risks, Studio Weave's designs will preserve the existing roosting conditions while revitalising and strengthening the memory and physical narrative of the place. The functions and materials which are no longer necessary will be carved away, whilst additional elements will be added to emphasise and support its future needs, both for the residents (the bats) and their neighbours (the humans).
Founded in 2006, Studio Weave is an award-winning RIBA Chartered Architecture Practice based in London. Their practice is based on their balance between a joyful, open-minded approach with technical precision. Their portfolio of projects is diverse, they work in the UK and abroad for public, private and commercial clients.
For more information: www.studioweave.com