Y2 Project 2, March - June 2020
Outskirts of Felixstowe
Beeworld is an optimised, industrial apiary based in Felixstowe. It aims to create an ideal habitat for (the now endangered) honeybees and a complex for industrial honey production while raising awareness about bees' importance to the ecosystem.
Each beehive sits within a territory that is just enough to sustain it (5 acres). The territories are terraced to match the natural terrain of the site.
The project sits on top of a slope, overlooking the complex it manages. It has two storeys: a groung floor with farm equipment, honey processing and packaging; as well as a 1st floor housing the offices, a laboratory, a visitor centre and a shop.
Made using AutoCAD, Rhino, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.
Beeworld Visitors' Booklet (alternatively, click here to view):
Site plan and site section (showing circular fields sufficient to sustain a beehive and how the terracing matches the natural terrain):
The fields throughout the seasons:
Ground floor plan (showing how the ground floor is sunken into the ground, the structural concrete frame and the infill walls):
1st floor plan (showing lightweight pavilion on top):
Three sections illustrating function (honey entering the building, being processed and being sold):
Interior collage (looking out at the fields from the ground floor visitors' route):
Functions diagram (spaces spatially divided according to level of control required):
Circulation diagram - Employees:
Circulation diagram - Visitors:
Construction of building diagram:
Detail long section:
Detail cross section:
Ecological farming - farming method used for fields:
Beehive stand detail (path leading to beehive for easy acces and hive elevated on a metal stand for protection):
Micro-drip irrigation system cross section (bees can fly around all day, no need to fear water):
Irrigation system layout and connection to water tanks in offcut areas (greywater storage tanks for irrigation and for bees to drink from):
Collage looking at headquarters from path adjacent to field:
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