When 6sqft interviewed beekeeper and founder of Andrew’s Honey Andrew Coté, he described how when he first started beekeeping in the city he placed his beehives wherever he could — “on top of the bridge cafe in the Financial District, community gardens, friends’ rooftops or balconies.” Though he now has an entire system of rooftop hives, other New Yorkers looking to get buzzing can still employ his small-scale take on apiculture.
It was with this urban beekeeper in mind that German illustrator Maria Emmrich designed her modular Manufaktur Eins, which takes up less room than a standard hive. Designboom notes that it “combines the natural needs of the insects and the ergonomic requirements of the beekeepers” to create a stylish way to raise honeybees anywhere from a balcony to a garden.
The hive is made from a cork-polymer composite that is light weight, a good insulator, and weather resistant. The plant on the top adds another layer of insulation, and the window in front is an added touch that allows people to observe the bees.
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