Compaan和Labeur这两家设计公司在比利时设计和建造的B-AND-BEE项目赢得了在安特卫普举办的创意竞赛。随后他们与Achilles Design和One Small Step合作，赢得了CICI创意奖金，开始了为期一年的设计开发、原型设计和测试的过程。这一过程是从小组讨论开始的，讨论的焦点是总结音乐节爱好者的经验，找到他们所需要的，并设计出相应的空间来最大限度地满足他们的需求。
B-AND-BEE的试点项目将在今年夏天的DOK Gentse Feesten上首次投入使用。设计团队希望在用户反馈的帮助下进一步完善技术图纸，进而在2014年秋季将产品批量生产。
Every year as the weather gets warmer, millions of visitors flock to music festivals around the world. Fans often have to brave the elements and sleep in tents to attend such events, and if hotel rooms are available they are usually in short supply. However, the B-AND-BEE camping concept may offer a smart alternative.
With beehives as the inspiration, the design uses a stacking system of hexagonal pods, which creates a small footprint and offers amenities not found in tents. Each pod is constructed of a metal frame and timber cladding, with both ends enclosed by a waterproof fabric. The interior has an area for luggage storage, a locker, a light, and even a power supply. The king bed can be transformed into a lounge seat, and with the fabric panels removed the pods can become comfortable seating areas for viewing concerts during the day.
Designed and built in Belgium, the B-AND-BEE project began after two design firms, Compaan and Labeur, won a creative competition in Antwerp. They then teamed up with Achilles Design and One Small Step to subsequently win the CICI innovation scholarship and begin a year of design development, prototyping, and testing. The process began with focus groups to determine what festival lovers wanted out of their experience and how the spaces could best meet their needs.
An important feature of the design is flexibility and its ability to be deployed in various settings. To make this possible, their product service system includes transportation, operation, and maintenance. Because the stacking pods allow for greater density than tents spread out across a campsite, it’s possible that they could be utilized at festivals in urban areas with space constraints. The team also hopes that their concept will improve festivals from an environmental standpoint. In addition, various street artists have been commissioned to paint the sides of some of their prototypes, making the sleeping pods an attractive public addition to festival grounds.
B-AND-BEE’s first pilot project was launched at DOK Gentse Feesten this summer, and the team hopes to utilize the feedback of users to finalize technical drawings and begin mass production in fall 2014.
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