Palet Wood’s New Future

 4 days of construction, an excited and motivated team of assistants and a non stop flow of ideas helped bring the Bee Free Urban Beehive to life.   A big thanks to the Media-Lab Prado for organizing the event and providing the space for many of us beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping in Madrid to come together.  Many new contacts were made and collaborations in the future are sure to continue.

Though the future of legal beehives in Madrid is still unclear, the potential for their success is. Conversations held between regional beekeeper associations and city code officials came to the common agreement that the presence of  beehives in Madrid can  act as positive promotion for the entire beekeeping sector. Focus was placed on the educated consumption of local honey products and all representatives felt that familiarizing urban dwellers with beehives would be a great step.  Fellow project participants even compiled a mellifera plant map of Madrid , which identified nectar and pollen producing plants, trees and flowers 10 months a years, more so than many other surrounding rural areas.

I will be sure to stay tuned to the initiative as it continues to develop and meanwhile  I am planning on taking my prototype to the farm and fill it with bees!

Here are a few photos of the building process as well as the close to finished product which I presented to a curious eyed crowd yesterday afternoon.

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I began the building process with a cardboard model, both to work out the construction kinks and better explain the over all idea.

2 cm thick palet pine boards were sourced and dismounted before being transformed into a beehive.

2 cm thick palet pine boards were sourced and dismounted before being transformed into a beehive.

Thanks to my wonderful helpers for all the collaboration!

Thanks to my wonderful helpers for all the collaboration!

We decided to include a translucent acrylic window for colony observation purposes without having to open the hive and disrupt the regulated temperatures.

We decided to include a translucent acrylic window for colony observation purposes without having to open the hive and disrupt the regulated temperatures.

Elvira sands down the half sized honey super out on the Media Lab Patio

Elvira sands down the half sized honey super out on the Media Lab Patio

The 5 star urban beehive chateau; removable sanitary floor, main hive brood observation window, honey super and rain poof pitched roof are all prepared for their final beeswax and linseed oil finish.

The 5 star urban beehive chateau; removable sanitary floor, main hive brood observation window, honey super and rain poof pitched roof are all prepared for their final beeswax and linseed oil finish.

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