A UB architect’s new project—a twisted tower designed to house bats at Griffis Sculpture Park—is raising awareness about the animals and a fatal disease threatening their population in the Northeast.
Joyce Hwang’s “Bat Tower” stands about 12 feet tall, comprising five triangular segments stacked on top of one another and joined by steel bolts. The walls of each segment consist of finished plywood panels arranged in a ribbed, accordion-like pattern, with a narrow space separating each piece of wood from the next. A plywood covering stained with a dark, rust color wraps around the top of the structure. Screws and steel cables hold the pillar together, bracing it to withstand wind or other lateral forces.