Bee Home — Space10
SPACE10 open-sources bee homes
IKEA’s research and design lab SPACE10 has teamed up with Bakken & Bæck and designer Tanita Klein to launch an open source Bee Home. Bees are essential for all life on our planet—including one third of all the food we eat — but bees are under increasing threat of extinction due to human impact. That’s why SPACE10 wants to make it easy for anyone, anywhere to design a beautiful home for this vital animal.
Bee Home launches on United Nations International Bee Day, May 20, and the open-source design will be available for free on beehome.design
“For almost 80 years, IKEA has enabled people to create a better everyday life at home. But our home is more than just four walls — our home is also the planet we live on. That is why we launch Bee Home: we want to enable people everywhere to help rebalance our relationship with the planet and ensure a sustainable home for all of us.” — Kaave Pour, Director SPACE10
Democratic design in a digital age
Bee Home is a free and open-sourced design, pioneering a new era of democratic design for IKEA. The project takes advantage of the newest developments in digital fabrication and parametric design, and introduces entirely new distribution methods to enable a fully democratic design process. With a design that is flexible and accessible through open-source design principles, everyone, everywhere is empowered to design and fabricate their own Bee Home locally.
“To reconnect with the many bees in our environment, we need to give back what we have taken from them: their homes. By designing new interactive experiences, we can create a more sustainable manufacturing process for doing so: one that is truly open-sourced, informed by local living and customisable for many contexts and uses.” — Myles Palmer, Project Lead, Bakken & Bæck
How it works - easy as 1, 2, 3.
Step 1: Design. Visit beehome.design and design your own Bee Home based on predefined parameters. This means you not only select the size, height and visual expression, but also define if you want to place your Bee Home on a rooftop, a backyard or on a balcony. This makes the design process fun, intuitive and easy enough that it can be done in a matter of minutes.
Step 2: Fabricate. When satisfied with your design, you download the design files instantly and for free, which you then forward to your local makerspace and have them make it locally and on demand. On beehome.design you can find a list of makerspaces in your local area.
Step 3: Place.The final step is to place your Bee Home and plant some flowers.
“I want people to design a dream home for bees that provides the perfect environment for their offspring, while at the same time being incredibly easy to design, assemble and place. It was important for me that Bee Home is aesthetically pleasing and almost feels like you’ve added a sculpture to your garden or your balcony. This project really exemplifies how design can do good for both people and their environment." — Tanita Klein, Designer