Visiting a petting farm or zoo is a classic, treasured event in the life of a child. Interacting with and feeding animals is an enriching way to teach kids about nature while breaking the barriers between animals and humans. Recently nominated for a 2009 World Architecture Festival Award (WAF Award), 70F Architecture‘s Petting Farm in Almere, Netherlands affords visitors the added bonus of being awed by sustainable architectural design.

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The gorgeously crafted petting farm has no doors – but relies on shutters to usher animals and people in and out. The upper half of the building features an open facade system to continuously ventilate the entire farm. The building itself also ‘wakes up and goes to sleep everyday’ via shutters that open and close by reacting to the rising and setting sun.

No strangers to designing amazing spaces for animals, 70F’s Sheep Stable won the WAF Award in 2008 for the ‘World’s Best Pleasure Building.’ WAF Awards judges noted that, “The architects had to design a modest building to house a small flock of sheep in a park near the city that could also receive visitors for education purposes… the construction uses a clear curved steel structure clad in wood and the building’s form suggests references to the local vernacular and manufacturing techniques.”

via Archinect

Photos: Luuk Kramer, Amsterdam