I am an urban gardener who has dreams about owning a couple of egg-laying chickens. What does this have to do with a post about beehives? I understand many of the problems that urban gardeners and growers have to deal with on a daily basis. The Urban Beehive is designed to make the beekeeping process a little easier for novices.From space constraints and pests to city codes and regulations, it often takes a lot more work (or at least, a bit more ingenuity) to be an urban homesteader. And unless you've been living under a rock, it's not a secret that the bee population has been dwindling. Rowan Dunford, a New Zealand native, developed the Urban Beehive to help thwart some of the setup problems associated with beekeeping, such as cost and complexity.
Like some other smart companies that we love, Urban Beehive has designed their product for flat-pack shipping and self-assembly, which helps keep costs down. The hives are stackable, making it easier to build your colony by adding multiples. The hive looks easy enough to construct, has a very modern design, and comes in an array of colors. I don't know much about beekeeping, so whether or not the hive fits the bill, I'll leave up to the apiarist. Hmm, now what about simplifying the urban chicken coop?
For more info: Rowan Dunford (The design is currently in development, but should be on the market soon.)
For lots more images of the Urban Beehive, head over to Design Milk.