Once home to an old Carlton tailor shop, The Hive is immediately structurally impressive whereby the external precast concrete walls of the apartment are inscribed with graffiti lettering and other hip hop iconography. Arrows, swooshes and drips have been strikingly incorporated into the brick shell to create a new permanent urban art statement that shakes rather than caresses you upon first sight, like loud hip hop from a boombox.
Traditional, subtle and pretty this is not; the building has a strong futuristic sci-fi presence with graffiti relief panels making up the external structure, spelling HIVE in ‘wild style’ by Prowla.
The 4m high concrete letters are the core to this building and make up the overall design structure of it. Punctuation and the rebellious shapes of the lettering also provide influxes of natural light, exciting viewing platforms and interesting shapes that jut out brashly and attack the eye; encouraging intrigue and a desire to continue to admire this building's multiple angles.