I thought that I would put up a couple of pictures of the hive entry
Looking from the back to the entry the bees will pass through the entry disks, only one is currently open, into the intermediate tunnel which opens to a mesh area which turns 90 degrees to the hives bottom entry.
Hive entry is vertical, It is possible to see the bottom of the frames through the mesh, just under the aluminum strip.
The bees can do their thing to maintain the hive temperature and humidity through the long vertical entry slot while the minimum number of bees will be required for entry protection. The mesh also provides another point of view to determine where the prime bee activity is occurring and possibly a guide to the location of the queen.
We have a big problem with feral bees trying to rob my current vertical hive during dearths and expect this to continue to be an issue in this hive. Bee wars are a part of life and my current bees get aggressive to everyone and everything during these periods. By using the entry disks I can help to control hive entry without interfering with the humidity and temperature inside the hive. By taking a peek underneath I can also determine if there is a need to open or close entry ports during the annual cycle of expansion and contraction in bee numbers.
We have very strong west, south-westerly, winter, and easterly, summer, gales blowing across the scarp. I have regularly recorded wind speeds in excess of 100 kilometres per hour during these events. My current vertical hive is located in a protected spot with the entry facing south, the new horizontal hive has the entry on the western side and is fully exposed.
This is, of course, an experimental hive and all my theories will be put to the test once I get some bees inhabiting the hive.