This week, Kengo Kuma designed a chicken coop
This week on Dezeen, Kengo Kuma’s studio designed a blackened-wood chicken coop in Mexico, while Airbnb’s co-founder declared that “travel as we knew it is over”.
Kengo Kuma and Associates built the coop at the Casa Wabi arts foundation in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, for chickens that will provide eggs for the community’s residents. According to the studio the coop was designed to be like a collective housing project.
“For this project, we saw the interesting chance to develop a pavilion kind of project but with a really specific function for its inhabitants… that happens to be chickens!” said Kengo Kuma and Associates partner in charge Javier Villar Ruiz.
“We thought of conceiving this coop in a way that could relate to collective housing projects.”
Following the publication of Kuma’s coop, we rounded up five architect-designed homes for chickens from around the world. These included a modular coop in Turkey and a chicken house combined with a climbing frame in south Vietnam.
Continuing the chicken theme, Architecture studio Goldsmith revealed its design a floating chicken and cress farm, which is set to be built in the dockland area of Rotterdam.
As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to be felt across the world Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky said that travel and tourism will be changed forever.
“Travel as we knew it is over,” Chesky told American news channel CNBC. “It doesn’t mean travel is over, just the travel we knew is over, and it’s never coming back.”
Continuing its #architecturefromhome initiative to entertain and educate children during the pandemic, UK architecture studio Foster + Partners released an illustrated online book called the The Flying Gherkin.
The book stars the studio’s Stirling Prize-winning Gherkin skyscraper leaving London and flying around the world to visit other buildings designed by Foster + Partners.
In architecture news, Safdie Architects completed The Crystal skybridge, which connects four 250-metre-tall skyscrapers at its Raffles City Chongqing complex in China.
The 300-metre-long, steel and glass structure was described by Safdie Architects as a “horizontal skyscraper”.
Six international universities exhibited school shows during week eleven of Dezeen’s Virtual Design Festival, including Aalto University in Finland and Falmouth University in the UK.
Aalto University’s showcase featured a broad range of projects, such as ceramic furniture design and a masterplan that imagines human activity condensed to a city, while Falmouth University hosted three individual exhibitions dedicated to its BA Architecture, Interior Design and Sustainable Product Design courses.
Popular projects on Dezeen this week include a minimalist off-grid cabin in Tasmania designed by Maguire + Devin, a group of pentagonal cabins that overlook a glacier in Norway by Snøhetta and a house in Bratislava with rustic brick interiors designed by Martin Skoček.