In the city of Almere, Netherlands, 70F Architecture projected this beautiful sheep stable that can house from 100 to 150 sheep.
What's to like? Ventilation is non-existant. Light is almost all artificial. Animal flow would be nightmarish, and material handling would be worse. Good thing they've got boucoup subsidies to pay for all the labor and vetting that would be necessitated by keeping sheep in such an atrocious building.
But it's the Netherlands! Sheep are entirely different in the Netherlands. Also, their country is much farther north than we are and they depend on artificial light year-round.[I think the ends and windows open up...]
Get your facts straight! : The Sheep stable was designed in strong collaboration with the farmer. The ventilation is very good (the cross sectional shape is designed to improve airflow). Did you see that the building seems to float? That's where the building is open and the air gets in and out. The sheep’s metabolism does the rest. Than about the lighting; in the stable itself some windows provide more than enough light year round to work in. The artificial light is only used at the end of the day or in the evening. The animal flow seems to be quite perfect as well. All sheep can eat and drink at the same time. The gable opens up to get them in and out. Subsidies here?; none. Atrocious building? I'm glad there is at least one person on the planet that dislikes the building; we where starting to doubt ourselves after all the positive feedback and architecture prizes. Maybe, Bill, we can design you one in the near future?Greetings, Bas ten Brinke, 70F architecture
No, no! Don't design one for Bill -- design one for me! More photos and information here and here.
I should start by saying that I don't like sheep barns. They represent hard work, diverted resources, and disease concentration. But I understand the necessity for them in climates like that of the Netherlands, where leaving sheep outside year round would kill grass.After reading the links I understand the building better. This really helps me get how it works: "Work in and around the stable will be done by, amongst others, people who live with a mental social or psychiatric disability, supervised by the shepherd."A publicly-owned flock with a ready source of labor would make a building like this much more feasible, although I still don't understand how the ventilation can be considered adequate.My earlier wonderment about how materials would be handled in such a building -- feed in and manure out -- is answered by the source of labor. If handwork is needed, the hands are provided.Don't get me wrong. I think the building is easy on the eyes. I just couldn't imagine a scenario where 80 to 150 sheep could possibly hope to pay for it, and the labor required to keep them in it. Understanding that it's for a publicly-owned flock with a ready supply of labor makes it make more sense.
With a couple of minor modifications, I could SO live in that ark!
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