Modern Shed Office
by Patrick Ladendecker
(St. Louis, MO, USA)
front entrance and exterior seating
The Modern Shed Office is designed as an alternate space to work and study. I wanted to retain a visual connection to the outside as well as create exterior seating that could be used during pleasant weather. While the building is specifically sited for my use, it can be placed virtually anywhere.
The interior space boasts a 100 square foot office with bookshelves, a desk, and reading/lounging area. Windows are punched through the facade opposite of the curtain wall to continue the visual connection to the outside. A ceiling fan is used for lighting and ventilation. I wanted a clean and simple space that didn't mimic the feeling of an office cubicle but instead a space that would inspire creativity.
The multi-level porch/stairs invite you from the ground up to the office level as well as provide exterior seating. The porch also includes four concrete planters with native flowers. The simplicity of the form allows the shed to be customized by finish and color to fit the user. The shed sits on six concrete piers to lighten it's impact on the site. This pier foundation also allows the shed to adapt to many different sites with slopes whereas a typical shed would require costly excavation for proper siting.