Hexa-Hive Architecture

The Hexa-Hives are experimental hives that continue to be changed and adapted. 

This page contains details on the Hexa-Hives.
Construction and operations of the hives, changes, alterations and best practices, in chronological order:

If you tweak a Hexa-Hive, or add changes that make the box a better place for bees or humans, please share this knowledge with christina(at)melliferopolis(dot)net!

2011:
The original Hexa-Hive, design by Kiran Ganghadaran:
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2013:
First alterations to enlarge the hive, and lift it up from the ground. Now, the hive hosting the bees is on a pole, the boxes on the ground are for the comfort of human visitors.
The first Hexa-Hive Village is being built in Otaniemi :

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2014:
A roof is added – made of copper, to protect the bees and the wood.

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2015:
The hives are semi permanent in Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden. Honeysamples are taken for research.
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Some ideas on the issues and possible solutions found in  Hexa-Hive_constructiondetails.

The Hexa-Hive village is enhanced by the Airstrip for Bees, a flowering bed for pollinators. First installation in Kouvola Art Museum:

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2016:
Several “invisible” alterations are added for the bees’ comfort – aeration and change of the flying hole towards the bottom board are the most important.

2017: 
Internal changes: In order to make the work with the Hexa-Hive less destructive and to give the bees higher frames (the Hexa-Hive frames are very “short”), the box was changed on the inside. Some images:

 

2018: The Distributed Hexa-Hive Village: 

In 2018, two Hexa-Hives were sent to other locations in Europe. One is currently in Bremen, one is in Bristol.

More information on the experiences in these places will be reported soon.

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