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One word can take on a multitude of meanings from one minute to the next.  With Beehive, I was drawn to a few different meanings which I have incorporated into my spaces.
To use the word literally, I think of an actual man-made beehive with a frame and multiple draws that pull out of the structure for my first space.  I took this concept and expanded it into making modular units of rectangular form and sliding glass walls to help break up the space in the room.  Each modular unit has multiple compartments, some open; some in drawer form but all for storage.  Each space that is separated by these units can take on dual purposes since there are no solid walls to completely enclose them.  The sunlight from the long bank of windows on the opposite from the entrance flood the space with natural light that bounces off the polished concrete floors and natural wood tones. This creates a warm space, creating implied walls from the shadows the solids create.

Beehives are also a place where bee’s come together during the pollination process.  Using that idea, I created a space with a glass curved wall to simulate the flight of the bee that intersects the opening of a rounded space.  This curved wall, which has voids mixed in sporadically for storage, flows into the round bathroom space where it not only creates a space for a closet, but also acts as the privacy wall for the open shower.  I use the idea of the center of a flower where the bee gets its pollen as the inspiration for my rounded form.This curved and round walls create a separation of space between the public and private area.  The lighting effects created from the four windows in this space, creates wisps of light onto the walls creating a flurry of motion resembling the flight of the bee in a second way.

Beehive also brought to mind the beehive hairstyle popular in the 1960’s.  This hairstyle was all about height and poof and made quite a statement.  It was not only used to help create more height for a shorter woman, but It was a way to be noticed.  Both of these are reasons I used this concept in my third space. Using the full 14’ height of the space, I created a loft above a section of the room which is accessible from a large sweeping circular stairway curving around the support column of the space. This creates that the ability to make a grand entrance into the space from above;  a “look at me” moment.  Using colors and period furniture from the 1960’s, the entire space takes on a retro feel that is all about self reflection and grandure.

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Hive Diagrams

To follow, I have demonstrated the different areas in the three spaces I am designing using the word “Beehive” as my concept. This will help explain how movement will take place around each space through the following ways:

Gateway – the entrance to the space
Main Pathways – the main areas of travel in moving around the space. (like city avenues)
Secondary Pathways – paths traveled that are not the main paths. (like city streets)
Nodes – the spaces that you are lead to from the pathways.

I have labeled each diagram accordingly.

Space 1 – influenced by man-made beehive

Space 2 – inspired by the flight of a bee and pollination

Space 3 – inspired by a beehive hairstyle

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Hive Narrative

Plan View – Hive

Upon arriving to this entrance, you are welcomed by a wooden two paneled door.  The warm tones of the grain and the sunlight shining through the clear glass transom of equal width above the entrance, are a foreshadowing of the warm experience to come in this space.

Entering the room, you are immediately flooded with the sunlight shining in from the 6 windows centered along the opposite wall.  Shadows casting onto the polished concrete floors bring your eye to large wooden modular units separating private from public space.  Immediately walking through the entrance, you are in the public space with a small kitchenette sits against the modular unit to the left, separating the bathroom from the rest of the space.


These units, along with the long, open shelving over the kitchen workspace mimic the drawers of a man-made beehive.  Continuing to the left brings you past pocket doors and into the bathroom, continuing to be flooded with the sunlight from the windows.  Moving back into the public space and off to the right side of the space, you first come across a built in couch opposite the kitchenette.

Living area

Cut outs for books and various items gives interest to what would otherwise be a solid mass.  Continuing on into the sleeping area, you see pull out drawers along the ends of this modular unit. (These drawers can be used for clothes if needed.)  The bedroom, beyond enjoys the natural light from two windows on the long wall and a full sized bed.