The Royal Festival Hive

The Royal Festival Hive

Urban vegetation
Vacant lot

The South Bank in central London, is an extensive collection of art galleries, cinemas, concert halls and open public spaces. The top of one of these buildings, the Royal festival Hall, houses our bee hive, nested inside a scale model of the same building. The Purpose of the "Royal Festival Hive" is to demonstrate that buildings can be productive, engage with the local ecology and educate about the environmental plight of this vital insect. The location was chosen because the site is negatively associated with dense concrete postwar developments, devoid of nature.The hive shows that if we can produce food here, then we can produce urban food almost anywhere.


John Chapple, Andrew Hinton, Mikey Tomkins, Rob Mullender

Location: South Bank Central London Ongoing (start 2007)