Get hive at your next festival in the B-and-Bee

B and bee unit complete
© Hannes Geipel, Achilles Design

We recently noted that music festivals are environmental disasters, with people leaving " tents, sleeping bags, clothes, food, and booze behind after they're done partying all weekend."

© Hannes Geipel, Achilles Design

B-AND-BEE tries to change all that. They have created a hive for people, clever hexagonal modules that can be stacked up to four high, holding up to 50 party people in a thousand square feet. Each cell has a power supply, a light, locker and luggage storage.

© Hannes Geipel, Achilles Design

Co-inventor Barbara Vanthorre tells Dezeen: "We thought, why not stack a honeycomb, not for bees, but for festival goers to offer a very comfortable, cozy alternative for the overbooked and overpriced hotels during festival times?"

© Hannes Geipel, Achilles Design

One reason why not might be that the hexagonal shape isn't very efficient. The double bed is sort of floating in the middle, reducing headroom, although the space underneath is good for storage, and the bed appears to fold up into a sofa.

It's one thing to design units like this, but the bigger problem is deploying and managing them. The designers explain:

Sometimes good design can easily fail in a poorly designed system. So to insure that B-AND-BEE isn’t just a good idea on paper and small tests, we developed a sophisticated product-service system including transportation, operation and maintenance. B-AND-BEE is a fine example of socially and environmentally responsible industrial design. The services behind B-AND-BEE are based on the social economy. The materials used are durable and help reduce the heavy ecological footprint festivals usually have.

© Hannes Geipel, Achilles Design

Turning it into a product service system where one can rent space instead of having to bring a tent (and possibly forget or abandon it) is one great advantage of this concept. Another is the density, packing more people into a smaller area. The designers tried to "meet all the requirements and the specific needs of all the stakeholders, our team was in constant consultation with security agencies, festival organizations and urban services." So perhaps the garbage will get picked up.

They are testing the system at a festival in Belgium this weekend and hope to have B-AND-BEE colonies doing the festival circuit next year. More at B-and-bee, via Dezeen.

© Hannes Geipel, Achilles Design

There is a whole consortium behind this:

Only one year ago this concept, imagined by Compaan and Labeur vzw, won a creative competition in Antwerp. Compaan and Labeur then decided to join forces with One Small Step and Achilles Design to apply for the prestigious innovation scholarship CICI 2014, powered by Flanders DC and IWT.

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