tom back: thrive hive
tom back: thrive hive
aug 24, 2011

tom back: thrive hive

‘thrive hive’ by tom back

‘thrive hive’ provides a more simple and practical natural environment for beekeeping. conceived by tom back, a student of kingston university in london, UK, the design uses traditional hive weaving techniques with a structural framework which makes it possible to provide a habitat that is both suitable for the bees and the beekeeper. with this construction, bees are no longer cajoled into a home that does not fit their natural form. back’s design takes on a hollow trunk form, for which the wild bees build colonies. the weaving allows for a rounded shape, and the use of straw provides good insulating properties that are found naturally within the structure. this insulated home provides protection from the harsh winters, so that the weather is not so damaging to the bees, resulting in a stronger colony for the future.

by using a top bar design for ‘thrive hive’, the tools required for keeping bees are reduced, making the leap into beekeeping a little bit easier. back does not envision the design for commercial purposes, but more for communities and households to participate in beekeeping, enhancing the well-being of one’s garden or allotment.

‘thrive hive’ is on show at tent london from september 22nd to 25th, 2011.

tom back: thrive hive open hive

tom back: thrive hive detail of straw lid and handle

tom back: thrive hive construction detail

tom back: thrive hive internal view of the hive

tom back: thrive hive materials and tools

tom back: thrive hive wetting the straw

tom back: thrive hive twisting the straw

tom back: thrive hive forming the straw into the hive’s rounded shape

  • looks very interesting and would make a good science project for school kids. I was wondering though, is there a separate compartment to keep the queen bee from entering and laying her eggs in the honey, also to keep out the drone bees. The moisture problem concerns me too, but if it’s following the tree trunk design that bees like, maybe it’s worth a try. thank you for the post

  • Very nice! I’ll have to show this to my gran’pa

  • It’s an amazing piece of design and build, and if you have the space would enhance urban or rural space.

    Sally Pinfold
  • Despite all the technicalities, with which we might agree – it’s incredibly beautiful, and looks very comfortable, too!

    vania pinto
  • Seems like a great idea, but I’d like to see it in action. Theory into practice. Bring on the bees!

  • I’m wondering if this is enough space for a hive, it looks small. I wonder if the hive might swarm more often in it?
    And has there been mold and moisture issues with the stray. I know here in NY it’s very humid and might be a problem

  • nicely done!


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