In the heart of Grödinge, Sweden, an idiosyncratic architectural work dubbed the 'Moss Hut' unfurls as part of Ulf Mejergren Architects' (UMA) unique 'Farm Art' series.
This series emerges from the inventive partnership between local farmer Robert Pettersson and architect Ulf Mejergren—a collaboration resulting in a symbiotic fusion of farming techniques with artistic bravura.
The Moss Hut is a tapestry of rustic narrative, etched on a landscape animated by the insouciant theatre of wild boars. These inadvertent "bulldozers" truffle out insects and roots, unearthing moss in an unexpectedly creative turmoil. Moss, a unique, resilient, and versatile organism, whose roots or rhizoids adapt and grow on almost any surface, serves as a central material for this project.
Reframed and reshaped, this pliant moss adorns the exterior and interior of an innovative structure—a 4.5-meter-wide plywood disc, perforated at the center, manifesting as a stunning façade. Elevated from the ground, an attached box, reachable by a compact ladder, is embraced by the arboreal surrounding, with ropes tethering it to a neighboring tree. This monolithic disc and box, meticulously armored with moss held by chicken wire, captures a subtle embodiment of nature's own artistry.
Perched within this architectural nesting, one can spy upon the wild boar, our accidental co-creator and provider, as they saunter toward the feeding areas. This venture presents an intimate interface between humans and nature—a genuine reflection of the dynamic essence of architecture, the artistry of agricultural know-how, and the serendipitous rhythm of the wilderness.