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Beekeeping Training Facility

The diploma-work of Patrik Futó focuses on the beekeeping tradition in Gödöllő with the help of a plan made for an institution for educational and conservatory fuctions. The imagined buildings are made of natural materials and assimilate into the campus already installed in the area.

The theme of my diploma-work was to design a beekeeping training facility located in Gödöllő. The first State Apiculture Economy was established in 1902 and beekeeper training has been taking place there since then, although after its devastation during World War II it was continued by the University of Agricultural Sciences of Gödöllő. Unfortunately, the education of apiculture struggles with difficulties because there are several independent places for training and courses. With the spreading of science of appiary, a central venue would be necessary, appropriate for both practical and theoretical education.

The chosen place can be found in the northeast of the campus, about 500 metres from the centre. It is optimal to keep a safe distance between people and bees, but at the same time, it is not too far for the professors and the university students to get there during a break.

Beekeeping Training Facility - architect: Patrik Futó


My first decision was to set the educational and the appiarian fuctions in two separated buildings, in order to avoid disturbances. Conceptually, I drew a parallel between the hexagonal hives and the shape of the cross section of the buildings. I tried to follow the natural shape, meanwhile I considered the gradient of the terrain. The building site slopes about 15 degrees toward the campus and about 35 degrees to the opposite direction quite steeply, and that is why these roof pitches were formed.

The buildings were installed with a small offset from each other so two yards were formed. One is to provide the proper space for the bees to fly freely to the northeast and the other is for the people to approach them.

Mock-up - architect: Patrik Futó


The basis of my concept was to use inartificial materials because beekeeping is a natural, traditional job. That is why the supporting structure is made of JAF Holz scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) timber support and the insullation is wood wool. The holders are distributed in a 62,5 cm raster - so are the doors and windows, the seam distance and the coloumns of the porch – emphasizing the perspicuous constructional system.

Patrik Futó


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