Though it may look deceptively like a yoga den, tool shed or outdoor sauna, the Chicken Chapel is anything but. The concept coop is made entirely of fiber-glass panes and locally-harvested wood, and was built with the hopes of proving the beauty and low-cost of utilitarian designs.
Five architecture students worked in tandem with Boston-based Moskow Linn Architects to erect this bizarre chicken coop in Norwich, Vermont. The construction of the Chicken Chapel was spurred by Studio North, a week-long initiative that encourages small-scale, rural designs. The bells and whistles of this functional coop are apparent upon first sight: a raised profile for better air circulation, maple sticks that filter light and a stylishly built door meant for the hens. The actual shelter for the hens is amusingly arranged in the shape of an egg, adding a touch of humor to the otherwise minimalist enclosure.