The social enterprise Compaan an Labeur imagined a concept of a stackable sleeping cell that resembled a beehive, during the summer of 2013. They decided to apply the idea for a creative competition in Antwerp. They decided to join forces with Achilles Design and were selected as one of the 16 projects to receive a innovation scholarship: the prestigious CICI 2014.. The Honeycomb Hotel then began a full year of development, prototyping and testing.

Trading your tent for more safety and comfort

Festival visitors are increasingly interested in trading their tent for a more comfortable and safer accomodation. B-AND-BEE offers a mobile, modular and stackable system, delivering a unique experience.

Imagining and designing the honeycomb hotel

The design kicked off by interviewing focus groups of festival visitors. Achilles Design then translated their expectations, needs and wishes into concepts. By consulting as many stake- holders as possible, we were able to consolidate a desirable concept that was also in line with the safety and regulations for festival organisations.

Prototyping and testing

Prototypes were used throughout the whole design process. From early verification in carboard to full scale, fully functional wooden B&BEE’S.

Henry Van De Velde Award

We felt that our B-AND-BEE project really showcases the Flemish innovative spirit and should be shown to the world as such. That's why we build this scale model to participate in the Henry Van De Velde award contest. As our first foray into this competition we are extremely proud to announce that B-AND-BEE has been awarded a Henry van de Velde Label 2015!

“It was nice to get these prototypes into real-life situations such as the Gentse Feesten and test them with actual festival visitors.”


“A lot of effort went into the mechanical aspects: designing to meet standards and regulations to deliver a high-quality and safe prototype.”