Winning Design: Hen Hedge (by Gary Gola + Jeanie Lai)
The coop design went through a bit of refinement after being chosen as the winner, to allow for easier constructability… seen in the images below – which will be the auction item, along with a kit of feeders, watering trough, and yes, even three little pullets to move in immediately.
The full roster of entrants ran the gamut of design concepts from the practical to the architectural – giving a range of options and ideas for housing urban flocks. A short description of the three additional entries is found below:
An elegantly simple tractor using reclaimed materials, this small scale coop design allows for easy movement around the yard. My favorite detail was the use of small galvanized trash receptacles for nest boxes.
The most fully architectural of all the entries, this concept bordered more on folly than coop functionality, making for a beautiful object in the landscape. While beautiful, we felt this would have a specific stylistic appeal but require some work for functionality as a coop.
A very real coop design, this is something you that many folks would die for in their backyards – fit, functional, and complete, with attention to many of the details of construction and function.
Thanks to Eric Phillips from SERA for the invite to the coop preliminary meetings and jury – as well as my fellow jurors Logan Cravens and Audrey Craig from SERA. For those dying for any of these designs, definitely attend TADA 2010 Annual Gala and bid high and bid often – for the design and support the regional arts community in the process.