A Bee Home

like a Tree Cave

Finally a Safe and Healthy Home for Bees
Natural Insulation

Keeps cool in summer and warm in winter.

Natural Geometry

There are no cubic shapes in nature. So why would you put bees in it?

Natural Moisture Regulation

Offers a perfect micro-climate, just like in a tree-cave.

Livingspace for bee-friendly Simbionts

A home for old friends like the Bookscorpion.

Suistainable Materials

All material are recycled or natural such as hemp wool, clay, wood or bark.

Modular system

HIIVE is made by easy exchangeable components and fully modular.

Smart Sensors

Additional sensors offer monitoring of all relevant data.

Swarm Alarm & Catcher

Our App will inform you when to expect a swarm. So you will have the time to place the HIIVE swarm catcher in front of it. Via our App you will be able to receive or offer swarms through the HIIVE Community.

Finally a Safe and Healthy Home for Bees
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Classic Magazine Hives are giving Bees a hard time
moldy beehome

• No insultation, bees loose a lot of energy to keep desired temperature
• Mold, because of humidity
• No living space for useful creatures
• Bad geometry to save energy

Above circumstances lead to weaker colonies, helps varroa mite (biggest enemy of bee) to spread

classic magazine hive
classic magazine hive
HIIVE Offers An Alternative Approach

HIIVE has re-invented the traditional beehive. Finally beekeepers are able to offer a natural, species adequate home to the most important animal on the planet. HIIVE is the first bee home, which completely replicates the specifications of a wild bee home (tree cave). With its stable microclimate HIIVE keeps the bees healthy and happy. Hiive is also made exclusively from sustainable raw materials.


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    Our Story

    It all started with a thesis in the Industrial Design studies. At first we just wanted to design a more ergonomic beehive. During the first design studies we accompanied several beekeepers during their work.
    The first time we saw the treatment against the Varroa Mite, it was an shocking experience. The chemical treatment had a direct effect on the bees‘ behaviour. We found that there is a more serious problem to be solved than the ergonomics in beekeeping.
    Therefore we have asked scientists for advice, they repeatedly pointed out the problem with the wrong microclimate in conventional bee-boxes.
    Philip Potthast and Fabian Wischmann got to know each other in the Startup Centre of the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. With Fabian, Philip quickly found an ardent supporter for his idea. Fabian brings a background in Startups and Business Administration to team HIIVE and Philip brings years of experience in ID design. Since the beginning of 2020, they have been working together to drive development forward.

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      Questions & Answers
      • Where can I buy HIIVE?

        Please visit our „Shop“ page. There you can sign up to our waitlist to get notified for our sales start. You will get early access to our sales start once you are on the waitlist.

      • Is it possible to harvest honey from HIIVE?

        Yes, it is. But don’t expect the same amount of honey compared to magazine hives. Our main goal is to keep bees happy and healthy – not to get as much honey out of them as possible.

      • Do I need to harvest honey?

        No, there is no need to harvest honey if you don’t want to. Honey is the food stock of bees. If you take it, you should always be mindful and not „steal“ too much of it. If you don’t want to take any honey at all out of your HIIVE – that’s totally fine and even better for bees!

      HIIVE is supportet by

      Project HIIVE is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the European Social Fund as part of the EXIST programme

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