HIVEHAUS – Modular Housing Inspired by the Beehive

This unusual looking compact home is actually a modular housing system that’s been developed by Barry Jackson. The system, called HIVEHAUS, consists of a series of hexagonal units that can arranged in a variety of way to create a home, or a “Hive”.


HIVEHAUS - Modular Housing by Barry Jackson

The HIVEHAUS form is derived from the beehive – a simple repetitive structure that can be added to over and over again. Each module is just 9.3 square meters (approximately 100 square feet), and is specifically designed to serve a particular function within the home, be it an office, kitchen, lounge or bedroom.


HIVEHAUS - Modular Housing by Barry Jackson

The flexibility of the design even allows you to add or remove partitions, which a can also feature pocket doors. The space can be as open plan and airy as you like, or closed in to create cozy separate living areas.


HIVEHAUS - Modular Housing by Barry Jackson

The components of the HIVEHAUS are delivered to the site like a piece of flat pack furniture, allowing the home to be transported to remote and less accessible locations. The size of the components also means that two or three people can easily assemble the structure within a day, and without the need of machinery.

HIVEHAUS - Modular Housing by Barry Jackson

An interesting aspect of the structure: it features legs which can be adjusted to suit the slope of the site. An unusual, and innovative type of “foundation” that reinforces the systems adaptability.

HIVEHAUS - Modular Housing by Barry Jackson

We often talk about bringing the interior elements of the house to the exterior, but in the case of the HIVEHAUS the interior is literally brought outside. The living room module features a wall panel that can be swung round onto the exterior decking, wood-burning stove and all.

HIVEHAUS - Modular Housing by Barry Jackson

For more modular houses check out our very own MPOD design, or the Mihaus Studio, a modular living space lined with hemp. See all modular houses.

Via design milk

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. I love all the windows, where is the bedroom module though, I would have loved pictures of it too. What type of cooking does the kitchen have as I don’t think that looks like a microwave, but there is no burner plate either. I don’t approve of microwave cooking but steam is another matter, just curious. Would have liked more pictures of the bathroom also. tysm for sharing this it looks fantastic for an area that doesn’t get terribly cold as I see no furnace.

  2. That is brilliant! I’d love to purchase several of these. It’s a smart design. This would be perfect for first-time home buyers or retirees.

  3. I love this house! I saw it on television on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, so Jodie if you want a better look at what the bedrooms could look like I would definitely recommend watching the episode or searching for it on youtube. Such a cool and innovative design, I wonder how much it would cost to ship one of these to Australia….

  4. These really are beautiful structures. I wonder if it would be possible to built a group of these over the edge of a lake or large pond. It would be such a tranquil yet comfortable space.

  5. I’m excited to see these in America. I saw these on Amazing Spaces when visiting the UK and knew this is just what I wanted for my back yard. Wonderful design and so beautiful!

  6. Hi I am keen on becoming your agent here in New Zealand as I see a definite demand to buyers whom have a need to add value to their existing properties especially within the Auckland Region where their is a shortage of properties for sale. I have a team of workman whom will erect buildings like these in backyards for many buyers.

    Get back to me with your thoughts

    Brian s

  7. Did anyone notice that on ” small spaces”, when they featured the Hive House and showed the roof, all the sections had filled with that day’s rain. And as we all know it rains all the time in England. With all the research done on this design one would think a gutter system per modular section would be a must. Cause no one likes wood rot…