For too long, bees have been forced to either make their own homes, or live in human-created houses that basically look like they’ve been slapped together with pieces of scrap wood. But no more—German illustrator Maria Emmrich has designed ‘Manufaktur Eins,’ the first beehive for the architecturally discerning bee. (And as an added bonus for the humans, it takes up less space than the standard hives.) The hives feature a facade, and everything else, made out of cork-polymer composite, as well a single window (which humans could look into to check on the bees, if they’re rude).
• manufaktur eins, a beehive for the new generation of beekeepers [designboom]