The brilliant b-Shack developed by McGill School of Architecture students is an urban beehive that doubles as an educational facility. The project will bring urban beekeepers and volunteers together to help foster Montreal’s bee population by creating a pavilion that is surrounded by working hives. The educational structure is designed to mimic a hive, and it provides a forum for locals to learn about the effects of colony collapse disorder.
The student designed b-Shack pavilion will be built in Santropol’s farm in Senneville, and will act as a meeting place for students and visitors. Lined with hexagonal cells, the pavilion, which will comfortably seat 12 bee specialists, will overlook a presentation stage where talks and lectures on bees will be performed.
Also inside the pavilion will be three working hives for students and visitors to observe and study, a feral hive, top-bar hive and Langstroth hive. The oblong, open hexagonal grid radiates from a central sitting point; solar panels capping some of the cells will provide clean energy, while others will be fitted with 3D-printed planters to encourage pollinators to visit.
The b-Shack aims to be a self-sustaining system that doubles as a hands on outdoor classroom to educate visitors about the important role that bee populations play in global ecosystems. Students are currently planning for an April 2014 construction date, and raising support for their fundraising campaign.