A hut made of plywood and moss provided by boars

Swedish architectural studio Ulf Mejergren Architects (UMA) in collaboration with local farmer Robert Pettersson constructed a pavilion made of plywood and moss that was dug up by wild boars.

This project stems from Petterson’s hunting interest. He puts food out for wild boars in certain areas of the forest. Boars, however, behave like bulldozers and looking for insects and roots in the soil, they dig up moss from the forest floor.

Moss is an interesting plant since the roots, called rhizoids, use suction which makes them able to grow on basically any surface. The rhizoids don’t need any soil. Instead, they often take nutrition and water directly from the air.

Called Moss Hut, the pavilion is a 4.5 m (148 ft) circle from plywood, with a hole in the middle. The back side consists of a big plywood box that is attached with ropes to a tree, so that the pavilion touches the ground minimally. The exterior and the interior of the pavilion is covered in moss, which is held in place with chicken wire and staples until it attached itself to the plywood.

The hut allows a great view of the boars’ feeding place. The project is part of the ‘Farm Art’ series that includes various projects that blends the farmers techniques and know-how with creativity and artistic intensions of the studio.

Photos: UMA