To create the Hive, Wolfgang Buttress collaborated with structural engineers Simmonds Studio and physicist Dr. Martin Bencsik in addition to a team of audio, visual, and lighting designers. Landscape architects BDP envisioned a meadow filled with native plants that would attract the garden's bees to thenusher guests into the structure.  Photo 2 of 5 in This Hive Makes Visitors a Part of the Swarm
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An oculus allows visitors to see the sky above.  Photo 4 of 5 in This Hive Makes Visitors a Part of the Swarm
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Once inside, guests hear a soundtrack comprised of 40,000 bees and the stylings of a motley musical ensemble: Buttress's daughter, Bencsik's wife, and members of the band Spiritualized. The crew also recorded musical stems that are triggered by the activity of a real hive in Kew Gardens. The resulting album, entitled One, was named one of the best albums of 2016 so far by The Guardian.  Photo 3 of 5 in This Hive Makes Visitors a Part of the Swarm
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