Swooping Swedish Chicken Coop With a Sea View

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Far from being dingy little habitats, chicken coops nowadays can run from high-end specimens, to "chicken chapels," to creative do-it-yourself projects done on the cheap. Swedish designer Torsten Ottesjö, who previously built a gorgeous gem of a microhouse, returns with a dynamic-looking henhouse, quaintly shingled but situated with a hard-to-beat sea view.

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Calling it HönsHus-1, Ottesjö's "biomorphic" structures deliberately eschew the orthogonal, finding its aesthetic in swooping lines that recall the open wings of a mother hen protecting her young.

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Resting on a framework of steel legs drilled into rock, the coop sits on a rocky slope overlooking an inlet and provides the chickens with a lovely sea view.

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Despite its dramatic appearance, there's no lack of careful considerations in the little details: for example, the coop was sited to allow the best natural lighting conditions possible, so its inhabitants may enjoy a more natural daylight rhythm (as opposed to the 24-hour artificial lighting rhythm that factory chickens must endure).

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Like Hus.Ett, HönsHus-1 reflects Ottesjö's philosophy of embracing simplicity as a virtue and integrating within a creative alchemy. It may be just a chicken coop, but seen in with its context and its intention, there's something compelling and mysterious about it. See more of Torsten Ottesjö's works on his website.

Tags: Animals | Architecture | Sweden

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