zen shed

by Curtis Hold
(Glasgow, Scotland)

THE DESIGN PROCESS BEGAN BY DISTILLING THE KEY

SUCCESSES OF THE SHED AS A BUILDING FORM, AS I
SEE THEM. - ITS ABILITY TO:

INSULATE THE OCCUPANT(S). TO ALLOW THEM TO
ESCAPE INTO THEIR OWN PARTICULAR WORLD
&
ENCOURAGE THE OCCUPANT(S) TO RECONNECT WITH
THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

THE NEXT STEP WAS TO SEE HOW FAR BOTH COULD
BE PUSHED!

TO ENCOURAGE ESCAPISM, FEELINGS OF PROTECTION
ARE FOSTERED THROUGHOUT. THE SHED IS LIFTED
OFF THE GROUND WHILE A LARGE MONOLITHIC PROFILE
- FORMED FROM CLADDING STRAW BALES AROUND A
TIMBER FRAME - REINFORCES THE IMPRESSION OF
SOLIDITY. EVEN THE DOOR IS DESIGNED TO MAINTAIN
THIS COCOON PERFECTLY WHEN CLOSED.
THE MATERIAL PALETTE IS UNDERSTATED, WHILE THE
CONSTRUCTION ENSURES THE SPACE IS EXTREMELY
QUIET. - ALL OF THIS ALLOWS FOR THE OCCUPANT(S) TO
ESCAPE INTO THEIR OWN WORLD/THOUGHTS WITHOUT
DISTRACTION.
THE DESIGN IS SHOWN HERE IN A COMMUNAL SEATING/
DINING SCENARIO, BUT ADAPTATION IS A KEY FEATURE OF
ANY SHED - AND OTHER SPIRITUAL PURSUITS SUCH AS
READING, BATHING, CONTEMPLATION - ARE JUST AS VIABLE
A USE OF THE SPACE. A CHURCH FOR ALL FAITHS.

WITH TIME, THE MAIN FOCUS OF THE BUILDING
BECOMES CLEAR - TO AMPLIFY THE NATURAL
ENVIRONMENT WHICH THE SHED ‘COHABITS’.
THE SHAPE OF THE BUILDING FRAMES & MAGNIFIES
PARTICULAR VIEWS OF THE GARDEN - IN THE FASHION
OF A HOLLOWED OUT TREE TRUNK. THE BUILDING IS
DESIGNED TO BE ENTERED ON THE NORTH FACE, WITH
EAST/WEST VIEWS FOR SUNRISE/SUNSET & 3 SOUTH
FACING SKYLIGHTS GIVING A RANGE OF DYNAMIC &
INSPIRING LIGHT QUALITIES THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
NATURAL BUILDING MATERIALS - STRAW, TIMBER - ARE
USED EXCLUSIVELY WHILE THE BUILDINGS FOOTPRINT/IMPACT ARE SOFTENED BY LIFTING IT OFF THE GROUND. INDEED THIS
700MM SPACE AROUND THE BUILDINGS PERIMETER IS
STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO GROW WILD - TO BLUR
THE THRESHOLD OF SHED/GARDEN AND TO CREATE A
SUB-HABITAT FOR THE PLANTS/ANIMALS OF THE GARDEN.
THE CANTILEVERED OUTSIDE SPACE AND OVERHANGING PORCH ROOF FURTHER ENCOURAGE THE OCCUPANT TO INTERACT WITH THEIR GARDEN WHATEVER THE WEATHER,TIME OR MONTH OF THE YEAR.

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where is the porch?
by: Anonymous

does this building even have a porch?

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Expensive
by: Lary

It's an expensive solution and too enormous

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The simple life
by: Bevy2shoes

What an awesome creation !! I love the concept of this design, it's so adaptable to so many people for a multiple of uses. No garden would be complete without a "Zen" shed. Where can I buy one???? Congrats to the Designer !!!!!!

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Fine design
by: Anonymous

the building is fine and it should be more opended for the outdoor space

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Wowwwwww
by: Anonymous

Wow, what an invention!!!! You just need the garden to go with it !!! Maybe in my garden it would look cool.

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Curt's Zen Shed
by: Little Andy

WOW little bro you did good! What a shed! Love the concept and think it would look just dandy in my back garden! Very original and very YOU and i'm very proud (of you)! Go Curt, Go Curt x

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Zen Shed
by: Peter Watson

This is awesome! What an innovative concept! I want one please!

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garden retreat
by: RGW

wow the the Zen Shed, seems like a wonderful place to reflect and enjoy your graden too, great work.

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zen-plicity
by: youngie

The 'zen shed' truly brings shed design into the 21st century.

The practicality of the pitched roof - the economy of the chosen materials and the ease and speed of construction combine to form a successful design.

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Zen trance
by: Dave

I went into a Zen trance when I saw this shed cos its so good!

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Nature
by: Anonymous

A way to escape to nature in your own garden! Fantastic!

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Escapism!
by: Steve Bain

Never really thought of a shed as a place to relax and "escape" to - this really does bring a new way of looking at things!

Really good idea as it is adaptable to each individual's needs... where do I get one?!

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Back to basics
by: GVW

Love the idea of an adaptable space & use of natural materials - the seamless fusion with the environment will truly make this a literal 'outbbuilding', a place for reflection, peace and quiet. Very impressed!

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