With Labor Day around the corner, you'd be forgiven for thinking the "Thrive Hive" by Tom Back looks like a wooden and straw barbecue that would go up in flames if struck with a match. But in reality, this neat structure is actually a very cozy home for bees. It's also green, since the Kingston University student from London has made it using traditional hive weaving techniques and natural materials.
While many beekeepers use boxes to encourage bees to get busy, Tom Back’s project better approximates their natural habitat. By weaving straw to create a well-insulated barrel-shaped vessel that is supported by a standing structure of simple construction, the hive literally allows bees to thrive regardless of increasingly harsh weather conditions. This is turn will ensure that the colonies are very resilient.
Given that bees are so vulnerable – a subject we have covered at length on Inhabitat – and so crucial to agriculture, we love that Back has fostered an idea that can be used in any old backyard or balcony. It won’t be available commercially, but if you’re in London during the London Design Festival, stop by Back’s booth for a peak at this awesome homegrown project.