Hönshus-1 by Torsten Ottesjö

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Hönshus-1 by Torsten Ottesjö

This chicken coop by Swedish architect and designer Torsten Ottesjö is designed to look like the protective wing of a mother hen. 

Hönshus-1 by Torsten Ottesjö

Situated on a rocky hillside on the west coast of Sweden, the building overlooks an inlet from the sea.

Hönshus-1 by Torsten Ottesjö

The back of the double-curved structure is wrapped in a skin of rough wooden shingles, while the front is clad in wooden slats with gaps to let natural light inside.

Hönshus-1 by Torsten Ottesjö

Photography is by David Jackson Relan.

Hönshus-1 by Torsten Ottesjö

We recently featured a video of a miniature factory that converts uneaten chicken parts into clothing and products and a couple of years ago Dutch designer Frederik Roijé created this multi-storey chicken coop.

Hönshus-1 by Torsten Ottesjö

See all of our stories about animals here.

Hönshus-1 by Torsten Ottesjö

Here's a bit more information from Ottesjö:


Hönshus-1 is a wooden hen house designed and built by Torsten Ottesjö situated on the west coast of Sweden. It rests on a framework of steel legs drilled into rock.

Hönshus-1 by Torsten Ottesjö

The house was designed to mimic the way a mother hen spreads her wings to protect her young.

Hönshus-1 by Torsten Ottesjö

It is perched on a rock slope overlooking an inlet and allows its current feathered residents a sea view.

Hönshus-1 by Torsten Ottesjö

The house is programmed to mimic natural lighting conditions within the house, and therefore provide the chickens a natural daylight rhythm.

Hönshus-1 by Torsten Ottesjö

The hens house is the second in a series of biomorphic strucures built by Torsten. He is inspired by nature, improvisation, and simplicity.

Hönshus-1 by Torsten Ottesjö

  • alex

    It's times like these I wish I was a chicken

  • dov

    wow really!? even chickens have high life with high design.:D

  • annas

    Simply amazing. What kind of structure that they use? I mean, how does that messy thing of steel support the coop? amazing

  • Phil

    Yes! even chicken deserve good design!

  • http://lovisalindstrom.blogspot.com Lovis

    Wow nice, reminds me of NaJA de Ostos "Ambigious Space" in a very good way :)

  • A

    Best project I’ve seen in years.