Space10 designs open-source bee homes for digital fabrication – Dezeen

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.

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.

The user can then download the design files and forward them to their local CNC machine-owner, where it can be built using digital fabrication.

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.

These bees, however, are under threat of extinction, despite nearly 90 per cent of the world’s flowering plants depending on pollination, including a third of the world’s food supply.

“The solitary bee is friendly,” said Space10. “They don’t produce honey, so they have nothing to protect, which makes them great guests that can easily be around your kids and pets. The males don’t even have a sting.”

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