Space10 offers open-source design for people to create "dream home" for bees

published 20.05.2020 09:00

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Created in collaboration with Bakken Bæck and designer Tanita Klein, the Bee Home project lets anyone with a computer and internet access design their own insect habitat using Space10's online platform.

"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," said Klein, who is based in Copenhagen.

Space10 and the team hope the Bee Home project will encourage people to protect these "much underrated" animals.

Space10 and the team designed the home specifically for solitary bees, as they are essential for pollination – with a single solitary bee providing as much pollination as 120 honeybees.

IKEA's research lab Space10 has developed a series of open-source bee homes that anyone can design themselves for free before having it made using a CNC machine.