There is a wonderful gadget on the web – google alerts – you set it to alert you to the appearance of key words when they appear. So, obviously, I have ‘hedgehog’, my name and the names of my book (A Prickly Affair / The Hedgehog’s Dilemma). Occasionally this throws up wonderfully unexpected things – as it did today with a contribution to the latest edition of ecofriend.org. The headline, ‘Hedgehog translates into a livable design with grey water recycling’, was irresistible. And the image of a potential hedgehog-inspired building made me think it was time to try and find one for real.

All of the pvc spikes are light diffusers, and the copy of the article is delightfully clearly translated  – here is a sample:

“Designed by Cheungvogl architects, the Hedgehog concept of building is wrapped with the a skin that has been made of high gloss finished PVC sticks. These sticks, owing to their virtue of diffusing light, are called “Light Diffusers.” The skin of high gloss PVC sticks appear like golden-silvery shimmering rain. But, when seen from a close distance these PVC sticks become almost invisible. The direct sunlight is reflected due to the presence of light diffusers and reaches the interiors as diffuse or as we can say soft welcome light.”

And then, by complete coincidence, another architectural event with spines – the UK pavilion built for the World Expo in Shanghai has won a prestigious international architecture award. The BBC has a story about it here. Though for some reason they think it is inspired by a porcupine.

Hedgehogs are everywhere.

3 Thoughts on “The hedgehog's contribution to architecture

  1. Von Coxall on July 7, 2010 at 11:58 am said:

    I have a daily visitor who enjoys a dish of cat food at around 8pm when it is still light so was quite concerned on reading your book that it might be sick. It is very nippy on its feet and looks well ought I to weigh it to check? Will send you a picture via ‘e’ mail.

    • If it is a regular, it might have just become used to eating the food when it was 8pm and dark … but as the nights get shorter, well, if the food is there, I reckon the hedgehog has just learned a good trick … have you tried putting a spot of nail varnish on its spines – or tippex – just to see if it is always the same animal?
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      • Von Coxall on July 8, 2010 at 6:41 pm said:

        don’t possess nail varnish but will think of something and let you know.I think it got use to the cleaning up the mess left at the end of the day from the bird feeders. I can manage to hold the dish while it feeds now but was facinated to watch the frown response begin when I moved my hand and watch it relax again as the hand moved away. loved the book.

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