We are happy to relay the news that “Bee Tower” has been selected as the winning team for the very exciting Hive City Competition (previously covered here and elsewhere). The “Honey Elevator” team has also been selected as the runner-up (2nd place) winner. Hive City is a competition organized by Joyce Hwang, Martha Bohm, Chris Romano and the Ecological Practices Research Group in the SUNY Buffalo Architecture Department. Students at the university were asked to submit viable design solutions for the relocation of a large bee hive. Several very talented and imaginative proposals were selected for the final round of the competition.
For this final phase of competition the students were asked to produce revised schemes which would include detail drawings, construction assembly diagrams, the start of shop drawings, a large model, and a budget.
Faculty at the university are now working with the Bee Tower team to help them further refine their project (based on environmental and structural criteria). Additionally, they are determining the construction/installation schedule. The project is to be planned to beeeee (couldn’t help it) completed by June 1.
Bravo and congratulations to all teams! We look forward to more excellent work from Joyce and her students!
Winning Entry: Bee Tower
“… an iconic gesture of the regeneration of the SiloCity site, both naturally and economically… material properties of the tower represent the cluster of material manufacturers around the site while housing the colony of bees.”
Design Team: Courtney Creenan, Lisa Stern, Kyle Mastalinski, Daniel Nead, Scott Selin
Runner Up: Honey Elevator