The Hive // Wolfgang Buttress  [@ the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, in London]

 ”  I’m not an architect, I’m an artist, so I was more interested in the experience and in how you could convey an idea and a feeling through an experience rather than an object or a building  ”  – Wolfgang Buttress

Experience the drama of life inside a real beehive in this mesmerizing installation. The Hive’s distinctive mesh frame is constructed from 170,000 aluminium parts and 1,000 LED lights. It took four months to reconstruct here at Kew. The Hive is a 17 m tall striking installation in the heart of a wildflower meadow that recreates life inside a beehive. Walk into this larger-than-life enclosure and you’ll immediately enter the whirring world of a real beehive at Kew. In the background, a musical symphony responds to this activity. You might (or might not) notice that every sound is performed in the key of C – the very key that bees buzz in!  

Exploring the secret life of bees on a human scale, the Hive is a space to celebrate their powerful role in sustaining life as we know it.

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Animation of Parametric Skins: The Hive // Wolfgang Buttress is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed in the Master of Advanced Architecture 2020/21 by Students:  Yasmine Chacour and Faculty: Rodriguo Aguirre & Ashkan Foroughi.