The designers of PopTarts Works were alarmed by the growing disappearance of Toronto’s bees, so they went about trying to find a design solution that could help their fuzzy, flying local friends. What they created was a Beehive Hotel—a bee-friendly space that encourages urban pollinators to make a home and reproduce. The hotel is a sculptural object that uses simple materials and laser cutting for a unique and contemporary form. The Beehive Hotel is designed to support a colony of mason bees, which is estimated to pollinate up to 2,000 flowers per day.
The beehive is constructed using 100% recycled corrugated cardboard that’s been laser cut and stacked to create an organic form reminiscent of hive forms in the wild. It rises approximately five feet high on a steel plate base. Mason bees like to nest in small cavities of tubes of wood or cardboard, in different cracks in stones or between bricks to shelter. The little corrugations in the cardboard provide thousands of little openings for the bees to lay their cocoons and within the carved out form. A series of paper tubes inserted within slots dedicated within the layers provide a variety of openings for the bees to burrow inside of.
The 200 uniquely shaped layers of cardboard were laser cut by Toronto’s local HotPop Factory, and upon assembly the entire form was protected from moisture and water using melted bees wax coated and heated until it was absorbed by the cardboard.
Bees started nesting inside the tubes soon after installation.
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