The bee population is striving to survive. Fortunately, many humans are helping them. In fact, people have become more aware of the problem and are starting to take part in saving the pollinators from extinction by providing them with better homes through backyard beekeeping.
While there are some believe that backyard beekeeping may not be the best way to help the pollinators, there are still ways that it could work. In fact, creativity and resourcefulness have led to the emergence of several unique beehive designs that provides countless benefits for both bees and the humans taking care of them.
Below are 6 of the most unique beehive designs in 2018:
- Philips Urban Beehive
Netherlands-based electronic company Philips has become one of the first companies to develop an urban beehive to aid city dwellers in alleviating the drop of the bee population. Installed into a housing opening such as windows, the ecosystem design which looks like a futuristic pod allows humans to monitor how their pollinator friends are doing without risking stings, thanks to the slightly-tinted transparent glass covering honeycomb frames.
- Elevator ‘B’
Created by the University of Buffalo Students in New York, the Elevator ‘B’ beehive makes use of grain mill concept after it was discovered that bees can thrive in such environment. Looking much like a skyscraper made of glass, metal, and cypress, the unique beehive was created to mimic a silo where bees were previously discovered in. What is surprising, however, is that bees immediately took a liking to Elevator ‘B’ and moved in happily.
- BuBees Beehive
Modern beehives don’t have to look futuristic and Art Center College of Design alumnae Steve Steere has a unique beehive to prove it. After pondering about a beehive concept where bees will want to live in, the commercial artist came up with the top-bar beehive design that not only attracts the pollinators but also recycled discarded wood he found in his neighborhood. The best part is that the beehive can be adjusted depending on the number of bees that wish to reside there.
- Mason Jar Beehive
Mason jars have become a staple in any household as a container for any kind of beverage, but a creative apiary enthusiast was able to find an entirely new use for them— as beehives. Using a piece of scrap wood, the DIY mason jar beehive became one of the most unique designs in 2018. It provides several benefits for apiaries, including ease of beehive monitoring. To top that off, bees appeared to love it since it is shaped much like their natural habitat.
- To-Bee Beehive
Aside from drink containers, resourceful apiaries are now using bookshelves for their urban beehive design. Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design student Bar Lavi have come up with the To-Bee beehive which appears much like your typical wall shelf with a honey-sweet twist: a cylindrical honeycomb container. Bees construct their honeycombs in that particular tube-like attachment to preserve their larvae which also serves as a storage space for the pollen and honey they collected. The uniquely shaped beehive also comes with an opening on the other side of the structure connected by a hollow pipe, allowing bees to come and go as they collect pollen and honey for the sustenance of their hive.
- Rowan Dunford’s Urban Beehive
Rowan Dunford, an Aukland University of Technology graduate, has come up with another unique beehive design that allows easy backyard beekeeping even for people who live in highly urbanized areas. Combining the Langstroth Hive to the Top Bar beehive concept, Dunford was able to provide a kind of backyard apiary that is more manageable for people who aren’t that keen on beehive maintenance.