BuzzBuilding is part of the Belathew Labs project InsectCity, with the aim of making Stockholm self-sufficient in protein through urban insect production. (Read more about InsectCity here >>)
In order to visualize what an urban insect production might look like, Belatchew Labs has developed the insect farm BuzzBuilding situated at Vanadisplan, Stockholm, offering 10 350 m² farmable surface for the breeding of crickets. BuzzBuilding consists of a building which integrates the whole production flow of insects, from egg to ready-to-eat insect. Additionally, BuzzBuilding houses a safe haven for endangered spieces of wild bees, which, except for ensuring the bees’ continued existance, also makes Stockholm a blooming and fruit-bearing city.
The building has a so-called torus-geometry which, like a donut, has a hole in the middle. That is where a protected yard is created with a micro-climate that together with a rich insect life produces a thriving garden. The supporting structure of the building is a steel frame inspired by an exoskeleton, that is, an outer shell that resembles the structure of an insect which gives free planning without pillars. The secondary structure runs around the building in a spiral form and reinforces its insect-like design.
In order to capitalize on the heat from the sun, the building’s lining has been adapted to let through more or less sunlight all the while giving the building a homogenous shell. This is obtained with the help of a sandwich element in composite consisting of an aerogel isolation. By varying the thickness of this material more or less sunlight enters the building. The upper façade panels are also given holes in varying sizes in order to attract different species of bees.
The ground floor of the building has a restaurant where insects are both cooked and sold. The goal is to make the production as public as possible, to ensure that in contrast to the hidden meat production, people are invited to observe and participate, and to spread knowledge about where our food comes from.