• Moskow Linn's Chicken Chapel is one of the projects shown in the new book Contemporary Follies.
    Moskow Linn's Chicken Chapel is one of the projects shown in the new book Contemporary Follies.

Who doesn’t love an architectural folly? These little structures designed for ultra-specific purposes have a place in the heart of many a design observer, including me. This month Boston architects Keith Moskow, FAIA, and Robert Linn, AIA, have a new book out that examines small-scale, rural follies in detail. Contemporary Follies, published by The Monacelli Press ($40), highlights 51 projects by a wide range of architects.

Just two of the selected follies are by the authors’ firm, Moskow Linn Architects, with the rest coming from all over the world. I was pleased to see several projects we’ve published before in Residential Architect, including Marlon Blackwell Architects’ Moore Honey House and Keenan Tower House; Olson Kundig’s Rolling Huts; and Moskow Linn’s Chicken Chapel (left) and Swamp Hut. Some of my additional favorites in the book are Snohetta’s Norwegian Wild Reindeer Pavilion in Dovre, Norway; University of Talca’s Landmark in Machachi, Chile; and Summer House by Saunders Architects in Hardanger Fjord, Norway.

Moskow and Linn’s brief afterword does a nice job of explaining why these types of projects are important. “These latest works make nature more accessible,” they write. “They allow us to re-interpret the environment and draw us closer to its mysteries.”