A STRUCTURE OFTEN OUTLASTS ITS INITIAL INTENT. Where something useful is outmoded, abandoned or decommissioned, the intended purpose of a shelter is no longer viable. A structure can be adapted in ways that respect certain conditions, yet require modifications specific to the needs of new inhabitants.
A bee colony is a mutable organism. Its body is an aggregate form that integrates architecture and inhabitation. The hive, its function rhythmic and constant, is an architecture that will adjust itself to local conditions without ever veering from its imperative. The hive’s sensitive dependence on these conditions reveals traces of its conversation with site and program. Among other functions, ...