May 16, 2011 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Urban chicken raising has not only piqued the interest of many urban dwellers, it has arrived bearing some caché. While exploring this weekend’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair, I stumbled upon Raad’s modernist solar chicken coop for urban hens. This coop is so sophisticated, the desigers call it a “residence.” Ah, the urban chicken has arrived. I pretty much expected to see bird houses, dog houses, cat beds. Pets are, after all, a common element in both our indoor and outdoor lives. But chickens, let alone urban chickens? Here’s an area that used to exist more on the fringe–the domain of those who lived a bit on the edge of the grid, not directly within it’s cosmopolitan avenues.
3 floors of luxury living for the discerning hen. Low maintenance. Great views. No Coop board approval.
These “residences” are the non-plus-ultra of green design too: each utilizes passive heat and cooling systems, driving a fan to supplement the systems throughout the summer. The triplex hen house offers floor to ceiling windows and “great views.” The first floor contains a “scratch n’ run” area, the second floor four egg-laying units, and the third floor houses a roosting perch described as the “Egg Lounge.” The design includes plenty of storage for bedding and food, while a sliding tray provides for easy clean up.
Constructed of routed exterior grade plywood and acrylic sheets, the coop arrives flat-packed ready for easy assembly.
Available at Chicken-Coop.