A nicho (Spanish for “niche”) can be carved into a bale wall to add character as a spot for a statue or artwork. Straw bale building lends itself to creative shaping of the plaster walls, using the depth of the bales to advantage in crafting custom features.

The nicho can then be plastered with a classic arch or a peaked gothic arch. The edges can also be sculpted to project from the wall and create an artistic frame for the nicho.