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.