22-foot-tall, honeycomb-style tower housing bees on Buffalo's
Looks like they created a buzz. A team of University at
Buffalo architecture students have earned international recognition
for Elevator B, their 22-foot-tall, honeycomb-style tower housing
bees on Buffalo’s waterfront.
The design was named the Jury Award winner in the
Student/Design/Build Project category of the highly regarded
Architizer A+ Awards, beating out competitors from around the
The bees live in a wooden elevator that keeps them safe from the
elements, while beekeepers can lower the elevator to gain access to
the colony and visitors can observe the animals up close through
the laminated glass bottom. It was designed to relocate bees from
their home in a vacant building set to undergo renovation and was
erected in Silo City, the site of a cluster of grain elevators.
“This is an inspiring achievement for our school and a
clear reflection of the talent and passion our students bring to
their work,” said Robert Shibley, dean of UB’s School
of Architecture and Planning. “Elevator B also demonstrates
how our use of Buffalo as a design laboratory generates globally
relevant design research and built works.”
The project initially won a student competition organized by UB
and sponsored by Rigidized Metals Corporation.
Another Buffalo building, the joint Gates Vascular Institute by
Kaleida Health and Clinical and Translational Research Center by
UB, was a finalist in another Architizer category.