Insect City explores new approximations to reimagine the boundaries between human and nature, through a site-specific intervention that leaves spaces for new encounters. A public artwork, as an abstract landscape, composed of a series of geometric wooden pieces that aims to sensitize and raise awareness on ecological and biodiversity values.
The project aims to develop a broader dialogue and new approaches to the diversity of plant and animal life in urban habitats. In this way, the intervention dialogues with the city landscape, creating new ways of coexistence between the natural and built environments. A new hybrid urban landscape, as a housing complex for our cohabiting insects -wasps, bees, beetles or bugs.
Insect City is located in an undetermined fragment of an urban landscape in the city of Linz, in a transitional area where several natural and cityscapes are diluted together. On the one hand, the site is close to the Danube River and its industrial port, and on the other hand is bounded by a disused railway and the elevated highway. Although the area is characterized as an undefined public space, the site is privileged for its biological richness, since it is located in a self-maintained urban meadow surrounded by houses with orchards and community gardens.
The project has been developed with the support and collaboration of the Architectural Forum of Upper Austria (afo), with the bio-consultancy of the Biologiezentrum, a biology center located in the city of Linz, which has one of the largest insect collection in Europe, and is dedicated to preserving, researching, documenting, exhibiting and transmitting knowledge about the flora and fauna. At the same time, during the process, a positive neighborhood consultation was carried out, with the aim of disseminating the public project among local residents as part of their own environment.

Project details

Design: X-STUDIO Ivan Juarez
Project Location: Linz, Austria
Typology: Bug hotel
Built: 2020
Collaborators: Architekturforum Oberösterreich (afo)
Implementation: Leonie Reese, Thomas Kluckner, Roland Laimer, Dominik Leitner, Mariya Zhariy (afo), Ivan Juarez
Production, Organization: Franz Koppelstätter, Uschi Reiter (afo)
Bio-consultant: Biologiezentrum Linz, Dr. Martin Schwarz
Support: Time’s Up, Hanger-Holz GmbH
Funding: Linz Kultur
Thanks to: City of Linz, Linz AG and all neighbors of the Posthofstraße
Photo credits: © Gregor Graf, X-STUDIO Ivan Juarez

X-STUDIO Ivan Juarez

X-STUDIO Ivan Juarez

Ivan Juarez is founder and principal of x-studio, a multidisciplinary research practice focused on exploring the relationship between art and function, integrating the disciplines of architecture, landscape, public design, environmental and public art. Through his practice he has produced a series of projects that explore the natural and built environment from a cross-disciplinary approach. A series of works conceived in diverse contexts and scales ranging from landscape and urban interventions to architectonic spaces, from public and environmental installations to urban and landscape strategies. These works have been created in different countries of Europe (Norway, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Spain and Portugal) North America (USA and Mexico), South America (Peru, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina), Asia (Japan and Taiwan) and Africa (Senegal). Ivan Juarez is also the founder of Sensory Landscapes, a research lab and educational initiative which is dedicated to sensing the landscape through the conceptualization and findings of innovative methodologies for understanding the environment through sensory experiences.