Honeybees are dying out. This is a fact you’ve probably heard, but never paid much mind to. Artist Wolfgang Buttress and engineer/designer Tristan Simmonds think this is a mistake.
Through their work, titled “The Hive”, they have attempted to recreate the structure and stimuli found in a honeybee hive. The structure, which was initially shown off at the Milan Expo in 2015, is now housed at London’s Kew Gardens.
The structure is designed to stand out from a distance, drawing spectators like honeybees returning to their hives. Inside, their are LED lights arranged to sync up with a soundtrack feed from the real bee enclosures at Kew Gardens.
The architecture is symbolically and literally representative of its namesake. For its advanced design, it won the top prize in architecture at Milan Expo 2015. Its creators say The Hive is designed to demonstrate the minute-to-minute energy of a real bee hive and to show visitors the importance of saving the honeybee.