The Distributed Hexa-Hive Village

a community of experimental urban beehives for Bees and Humans. 

The Distributed Hexa-Hive Village invites beekeepers to become part of Melliferopolis community and to host a colony of bees in a Hexa-Hive in their local environment. The hives are placed in public or semi-public places.  They are conceptually connected by becoming part of a global community.
The Distributed Hexa-Hive Village is a long term collaborative experiment to test the hive design under different conditions (climate, environment, bee-races), but also to explore the collective approach of Melliferopolis and its growing community. 

The distributed HHV is an ongoing project.

In 2018, the first two Hexa-Hives were sent across Europe. One is currently in Bremen, and one is in Bristol.

Hexa-Hive in Bremen:
Dr. Dorothea Brückner is a honey bee researcher at the Honeybee Research Unit of University of Bremen, Germany. Her bees are installed at a bee-yard at the university campus and together with her team, she set up the Hexa-Hive on that site.
The hive was populated with a small swarm, after sensors had been installed in order to monitor the changes inside the box.


Hexa-Hive in Bristol:
A first short report by Charli Clark.
I took the hive to the local beekeepers meeting and there was quite a bit of interest in the design so that was good and
hopefully if not this summer then next we will have bees in it.

I had a bit of a sad start to the summer, my queen died in May, luckily they made a new queen with her eggs and she seems to be building the hive up nicely although I don’t think they will swarm this year as they are still a pretty small hive. I am on the local beekeepers list for a swarm however I think many people are as in general there were many losses over the winter in Britain.

The distributed Hexa-Hive Village is a decentralized art work involving communities in different locations in Europe. Concept: Christina Stadlbauer, 2017.
Featured photo: Ulla Taipale