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B-AND-BEE 
Tuesday 29 Jul 2014
 
A fresh take on alfresco sleeping 
 
Images: Hannes Geipel, Achilles Design 
 
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06/08/14 Jaisim Fountainhead, Bangalore
In 1972 we at Jaisim fountainhead - India proposed a precast half -hexagon stacked housing project and even built a sample. We were too early. Our concept and detailing was based on the honey comb and research done by another visionary.
I am happy to note that some one has again investigated and gone realizing the potential of the bees colony.

These can easily be stacked and carried to any site and can be built with ease on any soil. Even as I type these lines , a sketch of it hangs over my desk proposing for an economical sustainable solution to mass housing.

Wish the world of architecture a great future run.
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06/08/14 Sarat C Bhatia, New Delhi, India
It is a beautiful concept. Can be very useful on festivals like Kumbh Mela in India where thousands congregete and camp on banks of the holy rivers. Can be further improvised with a little bit of innovation. I can associate and give further innovative suggestions for mass adoption.
 

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Achilles Design unveils B-AND-BEE pods for testing over the Belgian festival season 

A new - rather more elegant - alternative to festival camping has been unveiled this summer in Belgium. Currently undergoing a series of tests at Belgian festivals followed by intensive user feedback and design detailing sessions, the B-AND-BEE system comprises a honeycomb-effect structure with sleeping units stacked in rows.

The design is the result of a collaboration between Compaan, Labeur vzw, One Small Step and Achilles Design, and was one of sixteen projects that was awarded an innovation scholarship CICI 2014. This initial financial injection enabled the team to devise cardboard and ergonomic models before constructing a full-scale wooden system. This prototype will be touring festivals over the summer season.

Due to the stacking system, B-AND-BEE has a very small footprint and is able to be constructed in a relatively short period of time. Each cell includes a king-size bed, a locker, luggage storage, a light, and a power supply, luxuries not often afforded to festival campers! The team has also devised a product-service system including transportation, operation and maintenance.

This autumn the team will look to finalise their technical drawings and embark upon mass production in time for next summer’s festival season. 

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Achilles Design
www.achilles.be/en/
 
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