So glad you're feeling love for bees. They are truly magic beings. I think what you're referring to is called a skep, a very ancient type of primitive hive that has always intrigued me and seems coz indeed! Especially useful if you won't be managing the bees in any way.
It's truly fascinating learning all the details of bee biology and facts... another factor for us to give them an easy go at navigating is orienting them all in slightly different directions.
Excited to hear you're considering being bees near you. Do you have anyone near you who keeps bees? That helps A LOT!