When design meets chickens, by TROPICAL SPACE.
And no, it is not a Joke. Tropical Space, a Vietnamese architecture office, was Tasked with providing an elderly couple with a playground for both their grandchildren and their pet birds.
The idea of the Chicken’s House came from the customer request. They were an aged couple who longing to move to the countryside. They wanted to raise some chickens in the garden so that they could take care of them, feed them and watch them every day as a way to clear their mind. They looked forward to their children and grandchildren could come and visit them often and have space for them to play around when they stay.
Made from steel, steel grid and a roofing material called cemboard (a cement bonded particle board), the 20-meter square structure features vertical climbing frames and ladders, different levels and boxed platforms. These platforms also act as canopies and provide shelter from direct sunlight, which can be intense for animals in this humid location. On the ground level, tiny puddle-sized ponds attract the young ducklings. Different heights were made in response to the chicken’s behavior patterns: during the night they were seen to go up to higher levels.
Designing this chicken house actually aims to create fun and inspiration for the kids. Little kids in the big cities, they are growing up in a society where adults live fast and always busy. The kids only know about school, studying and games, explains the design team.
Around the cages, the owner will grow vegetables and luffa which can climb up and cover the roof to create the shadow for the chicken coop. In term of cleaning the coop, all water and chicken waste will drain to the sides of the garden to irrigate vegetables.
With this project we have discovered TROPICAL SPACE team. Take a look at their website. There are some incredible, innovative and unique designs.