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Best Green Houses:

Funky Chicken

Moskow Linn Architects with Studio North
Norwich, Vermont

The Chicken Chapel is a hip prototype for the next wave of urban farming.

By David Sokol
November 2011
Photo © Moskow Linn Architects
...Chicken Chapel inaugurates Studio North, a summer design-build workshop that Moskow Linn modeled after Brian MacKay-Lyons's Ghost workshops... [Click to tour this month's Best Green House]

This Thanksgiving, the chickens living on Moskow Linn Architects cofounder Keith Moskow’s Norwich, Vermont, farm have two good reasons for gratitude. That they’re not turkeys is the obvious blessing. They would also cluck thanks for their new home, the so-called Chicken Chapel that Moskow and his partner Robert Linn created with five students this past summer. Twelve feathered charges have been spared the firing squad and protected from the wild.

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While the 96-square-foot outbuilding is Moskow and Linn’s first poultry perch, the Boston-based architects are no strangers to modest projects. Their namesake studio regularly issues proposals for small urban interventions, such as otherwordly Zipcar and bicycle storage facilities. And in 2010 Moskow and Linn released the book Small Scale: Creative Solutions for Better City Living, a compendium of similarly spirited projects from around the world.

Farther afield, in 2008 they built an off-the-grid retreat called Swamp Hut, comprising four 8-by-12-foot eponymous structures configured around a deck, within 10 wooded acres in Newton, Massachusetts (Architectural Record, April 2009). In fact, Moskow says he bought this particularly expansive Vermont farm not only for himself and his loved ones, but also for his professional family to use for “exploratory, small-scale building.”...

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