Over the past two years, a distributed team of developers have produced two open source beehive designed, the Colorado Top Bar and the Barcelona Warré. Either hive can be freely downloaded, installed to a CNC router machine and cut from a standard 4×8 sheet of material, such as plywood. The fabricated pieces are flat-packable and slot together without the need for screws or glues. Both hives have been designed around natural beekeeping methods to lower stress factors on the colony, minimise exposure to artificial materials, and allow the bees more control over their living environment.
All of our designs use an open source license (CC-BY-SA) so anyone can download, improve and change them to fit their particular needs. The only rule is that you share these new designs under the same open license so that anyone can use and improve them. You can download a hive and build one yourself, or buy one from us and all of the money received goes towards supporting the Open Source Beehives Project.