Nature's Shed

by Stanley Sun
(London, UK )

Inspired by the settings of my childhood backyard, this shed is strongly based on the site context and begins to blur the boundary between structure and environment. This shed design is for a visual artist. Someone who, on a regular basis, has changing levels of interaction with the environment; from full engagement by using it as a source of inspiration, to using nature as a source of disguise during times of introspective thought.


Inspired by the principles of a bird-watching lookout tower, we begin to take a closer look at structure in context. How do we create an aesthetic that visually minimizes the impact on the surrounding environment?

The three-tiered design functions for 3 different types of programming:

1 – The upper tier is a look out space. One that is ‘public’ as it is fully exposed visually and programmatically to the surroundings. The upper tier also becomes the entrance to the middle tier;
2 – The middle tier is a private space. Visually, it is ‘hidden’ from the surroundings through the use of an applied vertical green wall surface and minimizes the structure’s, and therefore the user’s, presence within the environment;
3 – The lower tier is a glazed area which creates a semi private space; one that allows the user to hide away from the upper walking path while still having full exposure to the surrounding landscape.

www.stanleysun.com

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Hmmm
by: Anonymous

The client, an artist, needs to get out of the shed more!

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hmmmm.
by: bushman

Brilliant. i appreciate what it captures and its potential uses. would work well here off any number of appalachian mountain road sides... thx!

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if this becomes true..
by: Anonymous

..I would like to visit that place!

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middle ground
by: Kevin

Yes, its cool looking but try handing this drawing...it is just a drawing...to a builder and see what he says....

there is no practical way to build this as it is drawn...last time I checked gravity was still here. To keep this thing from sliding down the hillside would require some pretty sturdy piers to be put in below the structure...that would change the design considerably.

It might be possible to have it be cantilevered out but it would require a huge counter weight structure set back into the hillside, that alone would and $$$$$ to the project.

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Exquisite
by: Anonymous

I think the strength of this "shed" is that it is designed for the environment in which it resides, rather than being designed for mass-production. Small architecture is a very interesting pursuit, but not everything should be destined for a pre-fab kit.

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agree.
by: brian

@ render master
by: Anonymous

agree.

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Nice backyard
by: BY

I think this project is spectacular in great part thanks to the spectacular setting where you chose to locate it… but it still takes skills and talent to do what you did. Good job.

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render master
by: Anonymous

ok ok ok, it looks pretty, but for an office shed, hmmm

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site specific
by: Anonymous

this shed is so site specific that it cannot be duplicated anywhere else, not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing? super image too!

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Nature's Shed indeed
by: MU

One of the hardest aspects to achieve in design is simplicity and I think this one really captures the spirit. The 3-tier concept is also very well presented.

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critque
by: Archie

To the 'don't like - Anonymous' commenter: Didn't realize this competition is about appealing to the masses. In that case, I think all submissions that don't adhere to the traditional four-walled-pitched-roof shed should be eliminated.

If you read his concept statement, the first line says it's based on his childhood backyard. Yes, not everyone has a forest as a backyard...but some people obviously do!

I think criticism is needed in competition, but constructive criticism is what will actually benefit. This negative criticism seems to be happening on many of the submissions. Regardless, I've seen some great design so far! Great stuff.

-A

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dont like
by: Anonymous

i wonder how many people can actually use a shed like this? only a small percentage of the population - for no one really lives in the middle of a forest

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not realistic
by: Anonymous

just a pretty photoshop - how does weather proofing really work, drainagle, etc... this seems very damp and somewhat scary

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Amazing Design
by: Amanda

Wow, I would love to have this in my backyard. Beautiful concept and design. A perfect retreat for a nature lover.

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Wow!
by: Anonymous

VERY Pacific Northwest!

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Great Idea!
by: Veronika

I love it....

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Very Cool!
by: Marc Stewart

Very cool looking design.

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Love this idea!
by: Bonnie


Tree house meets shed. Childhood fantasy meets grown-up retreat. Great design...full of wonder and possibility!

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Simply amazing...
by: S Tremblay

The design is beautiful - simple, functional, and integrated into its environment. This blows the other entrants out of the water!

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great work
by: ID.k

the premise of the project is fantastic: conceptual but also carries massive potential for realization.

the most interesting part for me is that with time and continual growth (without disturbance) eventual seamless integration of structure with the landscape is possible.

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incredible!
by: smash

This is utterly.... incredible. I'd like to live in this shed. Great job... where can I buy one??

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Falling Water - a tribute
by: GreenBoy

I love the work of Frank Lloyd Wright - and this seems a tribute to 'Falling Water', and that was poorly designed with too thin a floor - which has recently been beefed up...

(I personally prefer Marin County Civic Cenrter!)

Shame so many people are being critical here and not being brave enough to put a name to their comments (This applies not just to this entry). There is nothing wring with critism as long as its constructive - just my opinion of course! :~)

There is a fantastic level of entriies this year, and as one commenter put, the design brief is wide open - what is a shed anyway?

Keep up the great work guys...

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Jas
by: Anonymous

Love it!!!! xxxx

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Super shed
by: *****

Simply wonderful. Everything I would want in a shed.

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design
by: Anonymous

I agree with the last 2 comments. Not structurally feasible as he rendered it! That being said, the design brief seems to be quite open to conceptual projects and I think this shed is quite beautiful! What do you think?

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very nice image
by: Anonymous

nice rendering, somewhat pulls the viewer in, to take a closer look, to realize that this shed is a good concept, but not really practical or constructed in a realistic manner. i think with a little more time this could have been developed more.

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more of a cabin than a shed
by: Anonymous

I REALLY like this design, but to me, it does not seem as an office shed, more of a cabin retreat house shed. I think there are some issues here too with structure and drainage functioning correctly. Anyway, I REALLY appreciate to seductive image, but it lacks somewhat in actual shed category and practicality.

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I'd buy one!
by: archi

Nice to see an entry that pushes the boundaries of the competition! Great job...I'll take one!

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Wow!
by: John

All I can say is wow!

Just.....wow!

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