Beeworld - Beelieve in the Future

Y2 Project 2, March - June 2020

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Project description:

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):

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The fields throughout the seasons:

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Ground floor plan (showing how the ground floor is sunken into the ground, the structural concrete frame and the infill walls):

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1st floor plan (showing lightweight pavilion on top):

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Three sections illustrating function (honey entering the building, being processed and being sold):

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Interior collage (looking out at the fields from the ground floor visitors' route):

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Functions diagram (spaces spatially divided according to level of control required):

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Circulation diagram - Employees:

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Circulation diagram - Visitors:

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Construction of building diagram:

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Detail long section:

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Detail cross section:

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Material palette:

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Ecological farming - farming method used for fields:

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Beehive stand detail (path leading to beehive for easy acces and hive elevated on a metal stand for protection):

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Micro-drip irrigation system cross section (bees can fly around all day, no need to fear water):

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Irrigation system layout and connection to water tanks in offcut areas (greywater storage tanks for irrigation and for bees to drink from):

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Collage looking at headquarters from path adjacent to field:

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