design: November 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg A moat-crossing bridge which was designed to blend into the background at a Dutch fort has become a tourist attraction itself after being dubbed the 'Moses bridge'.

Bosses at RO & AD Architects said it would have been "improper" to build a bridge across the West Brabant Water Line in Halsteren, so set about creating an invisible crossing.

The result was an amazing (and award-winning) Moses-style sunken walkway beneath the water level at Fort de Roovere

A spokesperson for RO & AD Architects said: "Its construction is entirely made of wood, waterproofed with foil." We think they forgot to mention the magic.

275x250.jpg Living in a city-centre might not prevent you from embracing your bee-keeper dreams for much longer -- after Phillips revealed the urban beehive.

Designers who say we are disturbing its equilibrium, have tried to tackle the issue of dwindling bee numbers with the bizarre concept.

The urban beehive is designed to fit to the windows of apartment blocks and consists of a entry passage and flower pot outside and a glass vessel containing an array of honeycomb frames, inside.

The glass shell filters light to let through the orange wavelength which bees use for sight. The frames are provided with a honeycomb texture for bees to build their wax cells on.

To access the honey, users pull a cord to release smoke into the hive and calm the bees before it's opening it… and if it's not working you've just got 10,000 angry bees in your flat.

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