barry jackson reveals the compact and modular hivehaus
barry jackson reveals the compact and modular hivehaus barry jackson reveals the compact and modular hivehaus
oct 25, 2013
barry jackson reveals the compact and modular hivehaus

barry jackson reveals the compact and modular hivehaus
all images courtesy of barry jackson




suitable for a wide variety of environments, the modular ‘hivehaus’ designed by barry jackson is based on the hexagonal honeycomb structures built by bees. the compact living space is constructed from identically proportioned ‘cells’ that can be joined together by any of their six sides to create a connected cluster or ‘hive’. this system offers a high level of flexibility and enables a bespoke expansion of the house as it grows with the individual users requirements. each piece has an internal floor area of 9.3m2 and is designed to be used as a specific work/live space. i.e. office, lounge, kitchen, bedroom or bathroom cells all have uniform internal partition walls (with or without pocket doors) that can be added or removed as needed.



‘firewall’ open



the hivehaus is delivered to the site as flatpack components, which means that can be installed on difficult to access locations. each cell is able to be built by 2-3 people, and the adjustable legs and minimal foundations mean the can be set up on sloping or uneven terrain. a green roof system with large circular sky domes allow natural light to filter through to the compact spaces, making them feel bigger than they are. additionally, hexagonal decks create an external expansion of the ‘hive’ with an opening ‘fire wall’ providing an open flow between the indoor and outdoor living spaces.



hivehaus in landscape



compact doesn’t have to feel small



‘firewall’ closed



bathroom through the pocket door 



kitchenette and bedroom



night-time with a fire lit



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