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.
Situated on a rocky hillside on the west coast of Sweden, the building overlooks an inlet from the sea.
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.
Photography is by David Jackson Relan.
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.
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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.
The house was designed to mimic the way a mother hen spreads her wings to protect her young.
It is perched on a rock slope overlooking an inlet and allows its current feathered residents a sea view.
The house is programmed to mimic natural lighting conditions within the house, and therefore provide the chickens a natural daylight rhythm.
The hens house is the second in a series of biomorphic strucures built by Torsten. He is inspired by nature, improvisation, and simplicity.