When a New Architect's First Clients Are... Chickens!

When a New Architect's First Clients Are... Chickens!

Cambria Bold
Oct 22, 2010

It's one thing to design a shelter for human beings. But... it's actually pretty much the same thing when you're designing for chickens! Architect Mitchell Snyder and his girlfriend, Shelley Martin, live in a 1924 craftsman bungalow in Portland, Oregon. When a friend opened an organic farm supply store in town, she encouraged them to get some chickens—a natural extension of their already active commitment to growing food in their backyard. So, the plans for the perfect coop began:

As Snyder told Dwell, hens aren't too different from humans: "They have the same considerations of comfort and protection from the elements," he says. "Each one has a certain square-footage requirement. The coop has to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There needs to be ventilation."

The end design resulted in an insulated four-foot cube framed with two-by-fours and finished with reclaimed cedar siding. Ventilated upper windows and a green roof with native Oregon sedum plants helps keep the coop cool.

See more pictures and read the whole article at Dwell.

(Images: John Clark/Dwell)

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