For some, raising chickens can be part of a integrated approach for self-sufficiency. In growing your own food, chickens can provide a regular supply of eggs, fertilizer through their manure, pest management (they eat lots of bugs), plus their ingrained, ground-scratching behaviour prepares the soil for crops. Chickens need shelter of course, and we've seen plenty of nifty designs for chicken coops, with this interesting specimen from Italian collaborative laboratory DettoFatto (a.k.a. "said done") being one of the latest.
Dedicated to "self-construction" and design, DettoFatto created the coop as part of a four-day permaculture workshop that happened at FARM Cultural Park in Favara, Sicily. Two Italian design firms naCa and Studiodeda joined up with DettoFatto to create this little gem.
The prerequisite chicken coop elements are there: an entry ramp, a roosting area and natural ventilation via a stacked design.
The approach behind the intensive workshop was to brainstorm on innovative ideas that built upon traditional designs and to assemble the structures quickly, within the area of a "permaculture yard." Both the stylish chicken coop and a pinkish mini-greenhouse were adapted to the site, using simple, local materials -- making it look oh-so fun.