When German architect Michael Kühnlein needed a home for his herd of pygmy goats, he decided to design it himself rather than purchase a prefab structure. The result was a beautiful award-winning shed built entirely from nails and stacked spruce wood. The tiny boxy barn is located next to a grove of trees and overlooks green rolling pasture fields in the Upper Palatinate in eastern Bavaria.
Inspired by the region’s traditional timber homes, Kühnlein built the small barn out of wooden planks and raised it off the ground on timber legs. The structure is made up of stacked spruce lengths that overlap in interlocking patterns. Certain planks were shortened or removed in the design to create a small open doorway and a grill for ventilation and daylight in the front.
In addition to the small door for goats in the front, the architect added a full-height door in the rear to allow people to enter the shed. A partition wall divides the shed interior in two parts—one for the goats and the other for storage. “The wooden cube, reduced to the necessaries, should be a positive example for agricultural buildings, integrating the free landscape around it,” writes Kühnlein. The simple and attractive design won the Bavarian timber award Holzbaupreis Bayern 2014 for its cost-effective wooden architecture.
Images via Kühnlein Architektur