an envelope for a tetragonula carbonaria colony
there are three main intentions displayed in the first hive developed for the  b&b highway; material juxtaposition, abstraction of an idyllic home in a natural environment, and the love for nature and craft.

as a swift exercise, it emerges from an explicit request: the object had to be aesthetically pleasing and covered from the elements. 

when developing the idea we considered the overwhelming abundance of high quality materials, discarded and readily available.. the goal was to deal with this dichotomy.

thus, the plinth uses a plank of white corian salvaged from a construction site, and a found stump of unidentified hardwood.

the hive's casing, which appears to hover over the two supporting elements is made of locally bought acacia which has a gabled roof; the basic abstraction of home... as always we are inspired by thoureu's cabin and quest for simplicity and connection to nature.

the inherent beauty of the acacia's grain is spotlighted by a marine varnish with the intention of honouring a living beacon of architecture; richard leplastier and his love for nature, boats and craft.

the box itself is very simple, consisting of twelve boards separated in two halves in order to service and split the hive. it has two holes, one in the lower front part and one in the top back part which act as entrance and ventilation for the hive respectively... both are covered with a hollow bamboo which acts as a protected and projected entrance or service cavity for the bees.

ultimately, the principal objective is to propose more variations that could suit different species as we raise awareness on different endemic pollinators, and to continue generating an open conversation with creatives, scientists and nature enthusiasts.

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