Indoor-Outdoor-Relaxation Shed

by Naruki Nagata
(Arcadia, CA, USA)

Indoor-Outdoor-relaxation shed

Indoor-Outdoor-relaxation shed

This shed is raised 2 ft 3 in above ground on an elevated deck. The deck wraps around the shed and can be used for seating, reclining, as well as a table. On the south side, the deck is covered by a trellis. From here one can access an outdoor bookshelf and a counter above, which is a direct extension of the desk from indoor. Two canvas seats are provided so that one can sit close to the ground and have one's knees tucked under the deck (or stretched on top of the deck, whichever one prefers).


Reading, meditation, working, dining, chatting with friends and family or relaxation, it would be an ideal porch shed for spending those long summer days. All electric power is generated and provided by photovoltaic panels on the roof. Outdoor bookshelf would have a waterproof outlet built in.

Four awning windows on north and south open up to facilitate cross ventilation of indoor space as well as visually and physically connecting the indoor and the outdoor.

Note: Since I live in Southern California, I'm inspired by the climate of my location.

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by: Anonymous

love the concept and design!

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Very Good Shed Idea
by: Anonymous

I really like this shed's idea. It look really cool from the outside. And the idea of raising the shed 2+ ft above the ground is very useful. I especially liked that, since it will keep the cold air from the ground out of the shed at like. Also, since the structure is above ground, people can use the space under it for storage, leaving more usable space inside the shed. And if the one who are using the shed have pets with them, it is even better since their pet can stay in the shade under the shed, keeping them out from the red hot burning sun. Really liked this shed idea. ^-^ I wound have give this shed idea a seven star, if the rating allowed it. ^-^ But oh well, I guess only five stars are allowed in the system~

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Interesting Looking
by: NMee

Love the unique design

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good job!
by: yuki

such a creative design. I like it!!

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reduce the amount of structure
by: Anonymous

structure is too bulky for such a small building.

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Shed
by: Divya

It's small and creative. Interesting design and I like the solar panels

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In and Out multi purpose Shed
by: Aurea

Like the solar panels and the dual inside and outside accommodations. It provides a multipurpose space to enjoy on an everyday or special occaciion basis. The design is realistic and practical.

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nice but not too creative
by: Anonymous

well presented but as a creative idea for a porch it does not really excite me.

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Good
by: Son

It is good design but it scares me, don't know why

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Well designed
by: R.S

I love the canvas seat using the building parts to be supported. It creates the feeling that the building is one big furniture.

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great design
by: Sam

I'm drawn to any design that has an "outdoor room" aspect to it, and the canvas chairs are a nice touch. I also love that this would generate its own power. Best of all, it's realistic!...This is something people would actually have space for and could afford to build in their backyard.

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Great concept
by: Loni

It's so cool to see archetecture that incorperates the outdoors. Very cool! I want one :)

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I would buy it
by: Anonymous

I would buy this for a relative who has a huge backyard and attach a hammock to the deck. It looks almost like a mini cabin where one could vacation in their own backyard. I like it!

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Simple, Great Idea
by: Anonymous

Harmoneous with nature, yet utilizes modern Green technology for LOHAS type living style!!
Cool and warm.

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Cool!
by: Vanessa Molina

Fun and interesting concept. Definitely a place that I could use to relax on hot summer days!

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Deviceful
by: Olga

A person living in this shed could appreciate how simple it is to do more than one thing on this deck with just a few tweaks and adjustments. I could definitely use it as a student.

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Nice Shed
by: Temo

The shed automatically drew my attention with the hammocks. The shed is an ideal way to spend your summer days. The shed does a great job of incorporating relaxation with weather along with a small sense of technology. Power is generated from the sun which means that small amenities can be enjoyed by having laptops or anything that requires power. The shed provides a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors especially when living in California.

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Love your design!
by: FFrid(San Diego)

Your shed is perfectly designed for California weather! I can well picture myself sitting and relaxing in those hammock chairs enjoying the fresh breeze brush across my face. It creates the perfect environment for one to escape the hecktic world and take some time to catch up with his most desired readings. I am also positive these sheds can be enjoyed just as well in the suburban areas in the east coast during the warm seasons, if the wood has an appropriate protective coating.

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Attractive
by: Susana

I felt drawn toward the shed. It seems small enough to fit in most backyards, yet roomy to work on various types of projects, or simply studying or relaxing. Love the solar panel, and covered bookshelf, areas outside of the shed to relax and entertain friends.

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Im sold!
by: David Solares

I can see myself reading and relaxing here. Although it is small, it is perfect for one or two people to use. LOVE that it has solar panels! That is some forward thinking! Hopefully the Solar trend begins to take over, we have tons of Sun to take advantage of here in So. Cal!

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Best of Both Worlds
by: Anonymous

I like how this shed incorporates aspects one would like in an outdoor and indoor setting. This shed is ideal to the average person, since it allows them to enjoy the comforts of nature in the safety of a sheltered environment. I especially appreciate the thought in the photovoltaic panels, because they are environmentally friendly (and will reduce those power bills!).

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great for souther california
by: Anonymous

I totally picture this type of shed in southern California. I really like the outdoor bookshelf detail. I love to read and I would love to seat outside and drink lemonade during those hot summers while I read a book. Nice touch!I also like you use photovoltaic panels on the roof. Great job.

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It's all in one.
by: Anonymous

This shed is practically like a little house, because it provides all the necessary things that people usually do in a "real" house! But, this shed is a lot more relaxing and inviting, especially for those people who enjoy nature while working or hanging out or what have you.

I think this shed is perfect for SoCal weather and I can picture it being set up on the beac, in the forest or even in the city!

It's also very practical and electrically efficient.

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I like it
by: Christian Vasquez

I like the setup of your Relaxation Shed, it looks very open and inviting. Also while solar panels on any structure can sometimes be a strain on the eye, this looks very complementary to the overall way the shed is designed.

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Nice atmosphere
by: Anonymous

Very open feel to it. Promotes a strong air of relaxation. The elevated design and sharply slanted roof are both distinctive and aesthetically pleasing.

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Very thoughtful design
by: Susan

I would like to have this indoor-outdoor shed in my backyard as a studio. I like the fact that it is environmentally friendly and user friendly. It provides the comfort of an indoor work space but the openness of an outdoor environment. I can see myself painting, reading, listening to music, chatting with friends on the deck, or just staring at the clouds. Some designs put too much emphasis on the look, this design definitely has the users in mind. It is a very thoughful design.

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Efficient
by: DMS

I like that this is a very environmentally friendly design--solar paneling and cross ventilation eliminate the need for electricity. I can picture myself spending a relaxing afternoon on the porch, enjoying the climate of SoCal.

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Great Design
by: Jasna

I especially like that the design was influenced by the southern california climate, because it would be functional. The use of solar panels and cross ventillation would provide a comfortable environment. The shed seems to optimize the use of space for being a relatively compact module. I really like this design!

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Relaxing
by: Anonymous

A great relaxation shed with a lot of ventilation thats relaxing. The fact that its solar paneled makes it that much efficient and better!!

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Innovative Design
by: Paul Alderete

In a time where environmental impactS of contemporary building methods is of great concern, I admire this design's considerations of low-impact energy consumption through solar panels and a cross-ventilation system. It also exbitis formal design elements of modern architecture which are not usually applied to this type of structure. I think it is an innovative design.

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Not Comfortable
by: Anonymous

It looks very crowded and cramped.

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A Sexy Shed
by: Melissa

After hanging out in LA I find I spend too much time in the car or in my office. This shed is well sexy and would help motivate me to spend more time 'outside' then in. It would be great for small parties with friends as well. A picnic, but not.

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