This breathtaking wooden hen house was designed by Torsten Ottesjö, who was inspired by the shape of a mother hen curling her wings protectively around her young. "Hönshus-1" is located on the west coast of Sweden, and was built on a steel foundation that was drilled into a sloping rock. Its residents are probably some of the luckiest chickens around, as the house is perched gracefully on a site that looks out over an inlet and is surrounded by a stunning landscape.
This design is the second in Torsten’s series of biomorphic structures that transform ideas from nature and are based on improvisation. His simple concept is also complimented by the more complex idea of programming a natural light rhythm within the house. As hens are so often “cooped up” and badly treated, this amazing space offers a unique alternative for the feathered friends, incorporating a healthier natural rhythm into their environment.
Images courtesy of David Jackson Relan