Daniel Mulhearn

BA (Hons) Architecture

‘An alternative to the apocalypse is provided by preventing permanent damage from the pollination crisis. The recent decrease in pollinators has resulted in lower levels of biodiversity and reduced crop yields, which impacts our populations through a decreased supply of healthy food. Scientists argue that the lowered consumption of these foods, means that 500,000 deaths a year can be attributed to pollinator loss.

The Fell Foot masterplan creates the optimal environment for the most efficient pollinator; the bee. By considering what both humans and bees require to live side-by-side, more than human spaces have been created to allow bee colonies to thrive under the supervision of researchers. Visitors are educated on the effects of the crisis, inspiring a new generation of beekeepers through a dedicated learning programme. Once bee colonies become self-sufficient, the structure that once supported them is disassembled and relocated across the UK to tackle the crisis nationwide.’

The structure located in the wider context, displaying the well-utilised embankment of Lake Windermere.

East elevation displaying occupancy of outdoor spaces within the embedded landscape.

Utilisation of the outdoor spaces in the foreground of the learning centre.

The key exhibition space viewed from the first floor.

The key exhibition space viewed from ground level with the gridshell structure seen from within the learning centre.

Learning activities taking place, inspiring those onlooking.