Lucie BatemanIndustrial Design & Technology BA
Urban Hen House
Hen House for the Urban Environment
The trend of urban chicken keeping in towns and cities has been steadily on the rise in recent years. With the smaller available space, there is a need for a smaller hen house that will not be overbearing in the environment, but still encapsulates the welfare needs of chickens outlined by DEFRA and the RSPCA. Primarily aimed towards young families who are first time chicken keepers, the hen house's functionality of a large access door to retrieve eggs and a small drop down ramp for chickens makes it ideal for both users. The ready-to-assemble design came from looking at 3-dimensional geometric shapes that can flat pack down to a 2-dimensional net for shipping, with the intention of it being easily assembled by an adult. The unique shape is striking and diversifies itself from the more traditional and conventional hen houses available on the market. The primary materials would be a bamboo and HDPE composite, and a plant fibre based polymer making the hen house as eco-friendly and affordable as possible for the prospective user.