This hexagonal home inspired by the honeycomb structures of bees comes in a flat pack and can be expanded with additional ‘cells’ to the size of your choice. The Hivehaus by Barry Jackson is a modular system with individual six-sided units measuring about 9.3 square meters, or a bit less than 100 square feet. Each one can be outfitted for the purpose in mind, whether it’s a residence, a live/work space or an office.
This setup allows the homeowner to be the designer, determining the ultimate shape of the home. Add windows as desired to create a floor-to-ceiling glass wall or look into an interior courtyard. The home is cool to look at from the outside, but it’s the inside features that make it even more fun to customize.
What appears to be an ordinary cabinet in the corner of the living room expands to reveal a kitchen – and then expands again for lots and lots of storage space. Circular skylights let in lots of natural light. Entire walls can be opened to the outdoors.
Additional features include hexagonal decks (expandable, of course) as well as removable slatted privacy screens, green roofs, solar panels and composting toilets. Each individual cell has adjustable legs, so the units can be placed on uneven terrain in any configuration.
“As a long time admirer of Bauhaus design principles it was only natural that Barry adopted Mies van der Rohe’s modern dictum ‘less is more’ when he set about designing the HIVEHAUS® concept. Based on this well known notion Barry’s aim was to create a modern structure that was affordable, sustainable, flexible, easy to construct but ultimately pared back to it’s simplest form.”
“The regular hexagon a shape prevalent in nature due to its efficiency and strength came to mind. Along with the equilateral triangle and the square, regular hexagons fit together without any gaps to make a very efficient use of space and building materials. The cells of beehive honeycombs are testament to this which led to the formation of the name ‘Hivehaus’ , the combination of ‘hive’ as in beehive due to the hexagonal shape and ‘haus’ the German spelling of house as homage to the Bauhaus design principles that influenced the overall look of the concept.”
“In short the HIVEHAUS® concept consists of a standardized set of components that can be connected together to form habitable modules (cells) which in turn can be connected to other modules to form a cluster of habitable modules (Hive).”