When 51% studios were looking for a clever material to make their beehive from, they chose one made from recycled household insulation.
The factory that makes it saves up to 4750 tons of insulation from going into landfill every year. That’s about the same weight as 1000 elephants . . . or nearly five thousand times bigger by volume than the world’s biggest building, the boeing factory in Seattle.
The material is put together without any nasty glues so it is very safe for bees. This also influenced the flat pack design, which goes together without using any tools. The film shows just how easy it is to assemble.
After winning Immidtown’s Habitats competition, the Habi-Sabi beehives can found on rooftops across London, including one which won the award for best community project in Camden.
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"Flight of the Bumblebee" by Rimsky-Korskakov is played by the United States Army Strings
Competition Background: Entrants to The Architecture Foundation's InMidtown Habitats competition were set the challenge of creating designs suitable for the varying terrain across the district, including green spaces, rooftops, and terraces of businesses in the Midtown area. The designs were then assessed by a panel of experts including a beekeeper, an ornithologist, a cost consultant and a bat expert. 51% Studios Habi-Sabi won both unanimous jury support and the majority of the public vote for their competition entry.
The design ambition was to create a set of animal habitats that were fast, adaptable and metropolitan. The Habi-sabi suite for InMidtown comprises a vertical National Standard beehive, a combined swift and bat box, a traditional planter, a tiny pool with log store for insects below and a gravel tray.