A French wine cellars updated facade doubles as housing for local bats

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Bordeaux-based design studio MOONWALKLOCAL collectif d’architectes has recently crafted a new facade for a French wine cellar that doubles as shelter for local bats. Although contemporary in design, the new construction pays homage to its rural surroundings with its simple, gabled shape. Eleven bat nesting boxes have been discreetly integrated into one of the building’s timber-clad, gabled end walls. Simply titled the Bat Wine Cellar, the multifunctional project combines a low-maintenance yet beautiful facade with ecological purpose. The inhabitable facade of the contemporary wine cellar features 11 bat nesting boxes that run the width of the gabled end wall and are constructed of timber to camouflage them into the wooden exterior. To ensure a dark and safe environment for the bats, the architects created a small opening at the bottom of each box as well as ridges on the interior for the bats to hang upside down. Related: Dutch town helps out rare bat species by installing “bat-friendly” streetlights “Useful in the vineyards to regulate insect and butterfly populations, the future inhabitants of this place will have all the necessary comfort: darkness, warmth and height to protect themselves from predators,” MOONWALKLOCAL collectif d’architectes explained in a project statement. In addition to eliminating unwanted pests from the vineyards, the bats can also serve important pollination roles. The dark timber cladding takes cues from the local agricultural vernacular, which includes wood-clad sheds as well as tobacco dryers finished with tar and used oil that dot the rural Bordeaux landscape. The architects used the traditional Japanese wood charring technique of shou sugi ban to treat the wood, which takes on a handsome appearance. Although the process can be time consuming, charring the wood offers benefits such as resistance against rot and pests. As a result, the preserved cladding requires little maintenance. The Bat Wine Cellar project was completed in 2016. + MOONWALKLOCAL collectif d’architectes Images via MOONWALKLOCAL

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Bordeaux-based design studio MOONWALKLOCAL collectif d’architectes has recently crafted a new facade for a French wine cellar that doubles as shelter for local bats. Although contemporary in design, the new construction pays homage to its rural surroundings with its simple, gabled shape. Eleven bat nesting boxes have been discreetly integrated into one of the building’s timber-clad, gabled end walls. Simply titled the Bat Wine Cellar, the multifunctional project combines a low-maintenance yet beautiful facade with ecological purpose. The inhabitable facade of the contemporary wine cellar features 11 bat nesting boxes that run the width of the gabled end wall and are constructed of timber to camouflage them into the wooden exterior. To ensure a dark and safe environment for the bats, the architects created a small opening at the bottom of each box as well as ridges on the interior for the bats to hang upside down. Related: Dutch town helps out rare bat species by installing “bat-friendly” streetlights “Useful in the vineyards to regulate insect and butterfly populations, the future inhabitants of this place will have all the necessary comfort: darkness, warmth and height to protect themselves from predators,” MOONWALKLOCAL collectif d’architectes explained in a project statement. In addition to eliminating unwanted pests from the vineyards, the bats can also serve important pollination roles. The dark timber cladding takes cues from the local agricultural vernacular, which includes wood-clad sheds as well as tobacco dryers finished with tar and used oil that dot the rural Bordeaux landscape. The architects used the traditional Japanese wood charring technique of shou sugi ban to treat the wood, which takes on a handsome appearance. Although the process can be time consuming, charring the wood offers benefits such as resistance against rot and pests. As a result, the preserved cladding requires little maintenance. The Bat Wine Cellar project was completed in 2016. + MOONWALKLOCAL collectif d’architectes Images via MOONWALKLOCAL

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Court issues largest fine for wildlife crime ever for a demolished bat habitat

December 15, 2020 by  
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U.K.-based construction company Bellway housebuilders has been fined 600,000 pounds (about $800,000) for demolishing a bat roost in South London. This is the largest fine issued to any party for a wildlife crime in history, according to local police. The company carried out the demolitions in 2018. When faced with the charges, the representatives admitted to destroying the home and breeding site of bats in Artillery Place Greenwich. The location is a well-documented bat roosting and breeding site. Before the demolition, soprano pipistrelle bats had been documented at the same location in 2017. In the U.K., all species of bats are protected by the law. Anyone found tampering with the mammals or their habitats is subject to prosecution. According to the Metropolitan Police, Bellway has now been forced to pay the fine plus other charges. The court required the company to pay an additional 30,000 pounds (about $40,000), and Bellway agreed to donate 20,000 pounds (about $27,000) to the Bat Conservation Trust. Related: Dutch town helps out rare bat species by installing “bat-friendly” streetlights “With the expert assistance of colleagues from specialist units within the Met, the officers constructed evidence to prove that the company had indeed committed an offense by carrying out work at a site where bats were known to inhabit,” said Metropolitan Police Inspector David Hawton. “Bellway Homes has admitted responsibility for this and I hope it reinforces the message that this legislation is there for a reason and should be adhered to.” The case was decided at Woolwich crown court in early December, when the company pleaded guilty to the destruction of a bat habitat. Due to compelling evidence, Bellway had no other option but to accept the charges and pay the fines imposed. Evidenced revealed during the hearing showed that Bellway was notified in its planning phase about the need to find mitigating measures for the protected species as well as to secure a protected species license. Still, the company defied warnings and went forward with the project. Via The Guardian Image via Rodrigo Curi

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Thousands of paper bats swoop down on Latvias Nature Concert Hall

August 3, 2016 by  
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In contrast to last year’s Nature Concert Hall that comprised an angular pavilion, the 2016 iteration was created as a “levitating cloud” that hovers above a bandstand. The black origami bats were inspired by the common long-eared bat (Plecotus Auritus) that can be found living in Latvia year-round but are facing downward trends in population numbers due to human-induced changes. Related: Latvia’s Nature Concert Hall has a fabric skin that plays with the wind In a bid to raise awareness and appreciation of the bats, the designers created a giant cloud-like mass made from black pieces of paper folded into bat-like shapes. The bats are suspended in a giant net and carefully spaced to create an interesting gradient. The mass is opaque enough to double as a screen for video projections and light installations . “The volume of the cloud is referring to flocking bird and bat created dynamic geometries that can be found in nature,” write DJA. “To achieve maximum lightness and levitation effect art installation is suspended in 3 paired electricity columns far away each from another.” + Didzis Jaunzems Architecture + Nature Concert Hall Images by Uldis Lapins

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The carnivorous pitcher plant uses sonar to lure bats to come poop in it

July 15, 2015 by  
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Given how difficult it can be to communicate within our own species, it’s not surprising that we are just learning of the amazing conversations that are happening between other species. For example, a local species of bats in Borneo and  Nepenthes hemsleyana, a large, carnivorous pitcher plant, have developed a unique, symbiotic relationship that allows them to communicate with each other. According to a recent study published in the journal Current Biology , ultrasonic signals emitted by the bats are reflected by the pitcher plants, which allows the bats to locate a relaxing spot to rest. In return, the pitcher plants receive a nutritional feast from the bat’s guano (poop). Read the rest of The carnivorous pitcher plant uses sonar to lure bats to come poop in it Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , bats , borneo , carnivorous plants , echolocation , meat eating plants , pitcher plants , plants , SONAR , symbiosis , symbiotic relationships , ultrasonic

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Infographic: White Nose Syndrome Has Killed 5.7 Million Bats in North America

October 30, 2013 by  
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Bats get a bad rap – despite their spooky image, bats are far from terrifying, and we can assure you, they really don’t want anything to do with your hair. They aren’t flying rodents, don’t build nests or breed like rabbits, and won’t rapidly infest your house. What should we fear this Halloween instead of bats? Their extinction. The deadly white-nose syndrome is devastating hibernating bats – so far the disease has killed more than 5.7 million bats in eastern North America, and it has led to a 99-percent drop in northern long-eared bats in the Northeast. The US Fish & Wildlife Service recently launched a new infographic that shares more facts about these amazing creatures and the plight they face – check it out after the break! The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of Infographic: White Nose Syndrome Has Killed 5.7 Million Bats in North America Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , bats , conservation , endangered animals , endangered species , environmental conservation , halloween , infographic , US Fish & Wildlife Service , white-nose syndrome        

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Matt Fajkus Architecture’s Bat House Visitor Center Provides Vital Nesting Grounds for Bats

June 12, 2013 by  
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The Bat House Visitor Center by Matt Fajkus Architecture is a fully-integrated, sustainable building that provides much-needed nesting space for bats. To offset the rigid prefabricated wood frames of the overall structure, a series of folded “origami” plates provide an effective enclosure for bat chambers as well as suitable landing areas. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of Matt Fajkus Architecture’s Bat House Visitor Center Provides Vital Nesting Grounds for Bats Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , animal habitat , Animals , bat house , Bat House Visitor Center , bats , conservation , green architecture , green design , Matt Fajkus Architecture , Rocket Bat House , sustainable design        

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Billboard Houses Bats and Translates Their Speech, Tells Us What’s Up

August 19, 2011 by  
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All Images Courtesy of Chris Woebken If you’ve ever seen a colony of bats on the move and wondered what they’re up to, this is the billboard for you. The “Bat Billboard,” a collaboration of designer Chris Woebken and artist Natalie Jeremijenko , is a design that will not only house bats, but that will translate their calls and tell us humans what’s going on…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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This Man Now Controls More Oil Than Anyone Else in the World

August 19, 2011 by  
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His name is Rafael Ramirez, and he’s the energy minister or Venezuela. You see, Venezuala recently discovered a new oil field, and now it officially controls more crude than any other nation in the world, including Saudi Arabia. Check out the report in the Guardian to understand the implications this has for the worldwide energy picture…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Nuclear Weapons Testing Concerns Halt 1 Gigawatt of Wind Power in UK

August 19, 2011 by  
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Time to time military objections to wind power projects seem to pop up, but here’s one with some seriously big impact: The Guardian reports that the UK Ministry of Defence is blocking plans for a total of 1 gigawatt of wind power in north-west England and south-west Scotland because the seismic noise from the wind turbines will prevent detection of nuclear weapons testing around the world. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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