Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

Chicken Chapel


Architect Keith Moskow grew up doing grunt construction work. His dad was a builder and after his first year of college, he helped build their family's summer home. "I was doing lowly work, but it was really good experience to think about architecture and building and how it goes together," Moskow says. A partner at Moskow Linn Architects for more than 20 years, he and cofounder Robert Linn decided it was time to help a new generation of designers. Earlier this year, they established Studio North, a design-build branch of their practice, and with five eager students, created and constructed the Chicken Chapel.

Five students participated in the inaugural program: Thomas Adamietz from North Dakota State University, Danielle D....
In July, the students, Moskow, and Linn gathered in Norwich, Vermont, where the studio was held and where Moskow lives...
The design called for walls made of sugar maple poles, which the students and the architects harvested on site.
Pictured here are two of the students at work on the Chicken Chapel. "They were great," Moskow says.
Inside the coop is an egg-shape roosting box.
From the outside, the look of the maple poles against the lit interior changes dramatically when day turns to night, as...
The entire structure takes on the look of a Japanese lantern in the evening.
Moskow and Linn will bring another group of students to Norwich next year for the second Studio North session.
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