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Petting Farm / 70F Architecture

  • 01:00 - 26 July, 2009
Petting Farm / 70F Architecture
Petting Farm / 70F Architecture

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  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architects

    70F Architecture
  • Commissioner

    Municipality of Almere
  • Budget

    150.000 EURO
  • Project Start

  • Area

    126.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. Most city parts of Almere, a city with almost 190.000 inhabitants, have a petting farm. In the 'den Uyl' park there used to be one, but it burned down in the early 80's, leaving only its concrete foundation. Early 2005 we were commissioned by the municipality of Almere to design a new petting farm on the exact location and the remaining foundation. The building was finally built using almost only sponsored money, and finished late 2008.

We designed a wooden box with an open facade system for the upper half of the building, allowing the wind to ventilate the whole farm continuously. Half of the building is stable; the other half consists of toilets, storage and on the second floor an office and storage. The stable itself has no second floor. As you walk lengthways through the building, you will pass the animals that are contained to the left and to the right behind fences. There are no doors in the building, but there are six shutters, two for the public on the short ends of the building and four for the animals, two on either long side of the building.

These shutters will open manually or automatically in the morning, reacting on the upcoming sun, as they will close again at the end of the day, when the sun goes down. The animals will easily learn to be inside again on time, if they like. At night, the building becomes a light beacon in the park.

One could say that the box, a building extensively reduced in aesthetic violence, wakes up and goes to sleep every day.

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Allan · February 26, 2011

That monolith from space odyssey...

is it good for sheep?

john ford · November 30, 2010

kreation II door + window assembly:

Daniel Conradie · August 20, 2010

Why would you want to use this in South Africa, Mojalefa? Our government would never pay that much for a petting zoo. This building is very elegant, but redundant.

Jasper Van der Linden · July 02, 2010

Very nice project!
Just one remark: "At night, the building becomes a light beacon in the park." I know it's very cool in contemporary architecture to have light beacons, but don't these sheeps have to sleep? I'm sure they don't prefer light al night long...

Mojalefa Mashego · August 19, 2009

Great building. The animals and people visiting should be very happy about it. How much in US dollars did it cost - from the plan, to material and building? Will I be allowed to use exact plan in South Africa?

pegboy · July 30, 2009

...a building extensively reduced in aesthetic violence...
oh, puh-lease.

StructureHub Blog · July 29, 2009

Finally! An animal farm that boasts architectural acumen in the form of simple, "organic" wood forms and original openings! Bravo!

three zed · July 27, 2009


Richie · July 27, 2009

That's great.. Animals deserve good architecture too!

camphor · July 27, 2009

That is funny,
I like the design of the shutters.

f r a n · July 27, 2009

i want to be a sheep to live there!!
beautifull farm

Zafarullah · November 16, 2012 06:26 PM

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Julien Denoyer · July 27, 2009

Reading: "@fancypantz Petting Farm / 70F Architecture | ArchDaily" (

Balkan · July 27, 2009

They will spoil the sheeps:) " I will not give my wool unless you build me a sheep jacuzzi!!!!!":))))))

thiago · July 27, 2009

I have a curiosity about budget... with this price/sqm, here in Brazil you can built almost 3sqm of a luxury house... and considering that this project is for sheep, and they already have the foundations, it raises a question: is really that expensive to build in europe and the netherlands, or just good architecture costs that much?

paul smith · July 27, 2009

Really like it! First saw it over at designduct(dot)com a few weeks ago.

Lucas Gray · July 27, 2009

Beautiful, elegant, superb.

imagine · July 27, 2009

just amazing and funny

fengfeng · July 27, 2009

the animals have better house than me

knuckles · July 27, 2009

Very nice, however looks very familiar. Refer to Sean Godsell Carter Tucker House a timber box that opens. The Sheep might have appreciated the location a little bit more.

Soph · April 02, 2010 03:02 PM

I was wondering if u have any details about Carter/Tucker house. About the materiality and the connections between the materials

Fino · July 27, 2009

Very nice and a step above humane conditions for animals. I also love how the construction presents possibilities to be converted to house different functions and would still be able to maintain its original elegant context. It seems to have a bright purposeful future. Outstanding!

that is all.

tropicalismo360 · July 27, 2009

Wow, so much architecture for sheep, and commissioned by the state. Please show us a picture with people to prove that this is for real ;)


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