Identifying the important opportunity for bees to settle in the built environment, Bees Beside Us provides a new type of living space designed from the bees’ perspective.

The project was created in response to the plight of the honeybee whose global population has worryingly decreased by thirty percent in the last twenty years.

Man’s very existence is inextricably linked to that of the bee. No bees mean our natural pollination of food, pharmaceutical and textile crops is severely endangered.

Beehive  Beehive

Today the rural environment risks bees’ health through intensive farming methods and use of pesticides while city living can potentially provide a rich and varied source of pollen.

The hive is made in two parts to suit the living requirements of its client, a supporting roof and expandable textile element. This allows bees to live as closely as possible to how they live in the wild, whilst also allowing the colony to be regularly checked for
disease and infestation.

Research and scientific study of honeybee biology and practical beekeeping informed the hive’s design, to make it user friendly for the client.

This project ultimately aims to forge a new relationship with bees in the urban context and to communicate an appreciation for all they do for us.


Wood turning by Matthew Dwyer.

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