B-and-Bee camping concept proposes
stackable sleeping cells for festivals


This modular honeycomb of wooden cells by a team of Belgian designers could provide a solution for people avoiding music festivals because they don't like sleeping in tents (+ slideshow).

The B-and-Bee hexagonal sleeping cells each contain a king-size bed that can transform into a lounge seat, with storage space underneath.

B-and-Bee stackable sleeping cells for festivals

Lockers, lights and a power supply are also included in the larch wood-clad cells, which can be stacked four high in a diagonal line to accommodate 50 revellers on 100 square metres of ground.

B-and-Bee stackable sleeping cells for festivals

"We thought, why not stack a honeycomb, not for bees, but for festival goers to offer a very comfortable, cozy alternative for the overbooked and overpriced hotels during festival times?" said co-inventor Barbara Vanthorre.

B-and-Bee stackable sleeping cells for festivals

Each module is winched onto a base frame using a crane, forming an interlocking stack.

B-and-Bee stackable sleeping cells for festivals

"B-and-bee can be setup quickly, anywhere and using only a very small footprint," said the design team. "It's not only designed for remote campsites, but meant for the middle of the action as well."

B-and-Bee stackable sleeping cells for festivals

Roll-up fabric covers protect the occupants from the elements, but can be secured open to let in air or allow the users to watch performances from inside.

B-and-Bee stackable sleeping cells for festivals

Lightweight metal steps are used to access the upper compartments, following the angles of the hexagonal frame to prevent blocking access to any of the units below.

B-and-Bee stackable sleeping cells for festivals

Six cells are currently being tested at the Gentse Feesten in Belgium, which runs until 27 July.

B-and-Bee stackable sleeping cells for festivals

"In order to meet all the requirements and the specific needs of all the stakeholders, our team was in constant consultation with security agencies, festival organisations and urban services," said the design team.

B-and-Bee stackable sleeping cells for festivals

The initial concept was proposed a year ago by social entrepreneurs at Compaan and Labeur, which collaborated to win a a sustainable innovation competition in Antwerp with the idea for a Honeycomb Hotel.

B-and-Bee stackable sleeping cells for festivals

The inventors Barbara Vanthorre and Ron Hermans then teamed up with product, service and brand design agency Achilles Design and business consultancy One Small Step to form B-and-Bee, and began speaking to festival goers to learn about their requirements for ideal accommodation.

B-and-Bee stackable sleeping cells for festivals

The team began building prototype designs and refining the system for transportation, operation and maintenance.

B-and-Bee stackable sleeping cells for festivals

They hope to begin mass production this Autumn, following final feedback from users.

  • Domingo

    How about refugees in transit, street-sleepers or even sleeping quarters for disaster relief? Festivals are the last thing I imagined when looking at this.

  • Darren Barnard

    They look awesome. But they would never work for festivals. I can’t see it being fun to be underneath a drunk couple having their way with each other.

  • artyvisual

    I like the idea a lot, but it needs a bit of futher designing, looking at the amount of orange duck tape needed to put up this structure.

    • Mr.Duck

      Orange ‘duck’ tape! Quack quack.

  • Paul1234

    I like the smoke detector in one photo. I mean, if there is smoke there, it is because you’re on fire.

    • iag

      What if an unoccupied one catches fire and you’re above, below or next to it?

  • Robin

    Looks like there will be barely enough room under the ladders for them to be usable if they are stacked as part of a bigger installation.

  • Wes Degreef

    Looks really familiar to the project from BC architects and Michael Lefeber for the camping in Marseille. Project called ‘hexa structures’.

    Hexa structure shelters are made with materials that you can re-use, so a temporary shelter with no waste of material.


  • Phillip

    Can’t go past the original: dasparkhotel.net – Andreas Strauss, the man!

    • Hey Philip, thank you for the flowers! Maybe the dasparkhotel original goes on auction this year after all the hahaha copy/paste versions and we do a new shape – a new design for the concept. Maybe…

  • This is an attempt for music-festival operators to attract a wealthier crowd. Rent a bed in a wall of beds. It’s a clever solution to that problem.

    Honestly, as much as I lament the trend of shipping container homes, they make an excellent unit for refugee shelters. They can be airlifted, train transported or trucked to where they need to go. They can contain usable living space, sanitation and domestic services within them.

    The amount of time and effort to assemble these is silly. They’re a novelty that will likely be lined up against a wall of portable toilets.

  • bobo

    These would work well for emergency workers responding to a disaster.

  • Bence Pásztor

    We made a similar concept in uni for a class. Good to see it realised: https://vimeo.com/8771166

  • Niels Haelewyn
  • perrydigm

    Very inefficient transporting them, too. It seems like it would be very simple to make them collapsible, so you could load a decent number on a single truck.

  • …….

    That’s where tents come in. Would it really be effective to transport thousands of these to Syria when tents do a fine job? The point is is that these are a more advanced accommodation for people who don’t like tents.

    • Dominic Davis

      Firstly, Syria isn’t the only place in the world in need of sleeping quarters and accommodation. There are refugees camps and areas of the displaced all over the world, in some instances older than the present situation in Syria itself.

      Secondly, aren’t people in direly stressing situations deserving of “advanced”, good and well thought-out design too? Thoughtfulness goes a long way, and when an element of effort is shown, it can have positive effects on an unprecedented level.

      Thirdly, and at the risk of sounding like a total ass, design is problem solving, and it gets tiring to see solutions that could otherwise serve ‘real’ first-world problems placed within an uninspiring context; that turns a potentially good design into something gimmicky and meaningless.

  • Daniella Cara Quaglia

    How do you know which one your stuff is in? Any locks? It all looks tidy. I like the concept.

  • Chris Crissey

    A more secure entrance might be in order. I mean, come on now, people drink, it gets late… And I don’t see how the storage under the bed is useful unless it is on hinges and can be moved.