Honeycomb Tents Are The Future of Group Camping

The group campsite is probably the oldest domestic setup humanity has, aside from caves. Most of the time it works very well, even at crowded music festivals. But while it's old, that doesn't mean it can't be improved. Some Belgian designers attacked the classic tent-city scenario and came up with something unique—and based in nature: the B-and-Bee Honeycomb tent.

Somewhere between a portable cabin and a tent, it's difficult to describe this bizarre setup. Reinforced by wood and covered, this "Honeycomb Hotel" beat out 16 other proposals for festival housing.

Using the apiary-inspired design, the B-and-Bee structure is able to house dozens of people with one small footprint. Each cell can fit a king-sized bed, though we wonder how flexible the wood is. It's a music festival, after all, so we hope it's creak-proof.

It might be intended for festival goers, but this could be a pretty cool thing to have in some other locations, or provide a summer hostel alternative for broke college kids looking for a good time. And depending on the durability and waterproofness over time, it might work next to the trail.

Ethan Wolff-Mann is an editor at Supercompressor. He does not like bees, but could sleep like one. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.