Thursday, February 11, 2016

Landmark Trust and historic shedworking


Interesting news from the Landmark Trust charity that could have an effect on historic shedworking properties. They have emphasised their ongoing commitment to saving irreplaceable threatened historic buildings and are now particularly targeting certain neglected building categories which includes:

• Small and significant industrial buildings
• Seaside and leisure buildings such as pavilions and villas
• Transport and communications structures like signal boxes and semaphore towers
• Remote and unchanged rural domestic houses and crofts

Pictured is the Radio Room on Lundy, Devon. It was a radio transmitter station in the early part of the 20th century and now provides accommodation for one. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tin Tank

Tin Tank Budget from backyard #shedoftheyear An early favourite among the Shedworking staff for this year's Shed of the Year is Luca Volonte's 'Tin Tank' which will be a marvellous garden office. The wooden frame is clad in aluminium. "Aluminium cladding is very effective as waterproofing layer and it should be maintenance free for many years," says Luca. "In addition, during summer, it reflects sun rays keeping internal temperature a little bit lower." ----------------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Garden offices, privacy pods, and 2016's work trends


An interesting article by Alison Coleman at Virgin.com about workplace trends for this year. She looks at privacy pods (the kind of indoor shedworking ideas that have become very common in recent years, such as the Nuovo above), roof gardens and general wellbeing. Here's a snippet:
Some believe that 2016 will be the year of the garden office, a trend that has already become hugely popular with growing numbers of home workers and entrepreneurs who need a dedicated workspace in their home. Charlie Lear, design consultant at Harrison James Garden Rooms, says: "The ability to do more with less is invaluable when it comes to developing a start-up business. Working from the home in a dedicated environment, such as a garden office, ensures that your most precious assets of time, energy and money are maximised."
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Monday, February 08, 2016

Super Bowl shedworking

Congratulations to Studio Shed who brought the shedworking ethic to the Super Bowl over the weekend. The Colorado-based garden office and buildings company were naturally rooting for the Denver Broncos, but in addition they were also selected to supply six custom Studio Mini models as security checkpoints and water kiosks for the general festivities. Every shed left their factory fully built, including all interior finishes and electrical wiring, then delivered by forklift truck ready for use. --------------------------------------------------------------------
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Friday, February 05, 2016

George Bernard Shaw and his writing hut


I haven't been able to track down the full text of this article by Alice McEwan on Shaw and his writing hut - George Bernard Shaw and his Writing Hut: Privacy and Publicity as Performance at Shaw's Corner - but the abstract sounds intriguing.
This article will argue that the locus of [Shaw's] fluidity and theatrical imagination was a writing hut in the form of a revolving shelter, built in a secluded part of the garden, hidden from view. Equipped with a bed and a writing table, Shaw fashioned an outside study as an intermediate space. A site for the performance of the self and an advertisement for his socialist ideas, it was particularly constructive in the promotion of health reform. He ensured that his hut gained notoriety worldwide through the mass media in the form of journal articles and photographs, against the backdrop of his own burgeoning interest in photography and the media. Through the Habermasian theory of “audience-oriented subjectivity” and the ideas of architectural historian Beatriz Colomina, Shaw is considered in ways that have not previously been recognized: anticipating the concerns of modern architecture and Modernism, dematerializing boundaries between inside and outside, between privacy and publicity.
You can see a previous photo essay about the hut here though I'm afraid it doesn't mention the Habermasian theory of “audience-oriented subjectivity”  --------------------------------------------------------
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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Forest domes


What happens when transparent meets domes? The answer is the Finn Lough Bubble House, a transparent dome (built admittedly as holiday accommodation, but equally wonderful as a garden office) in Fermanagh. Particularly attractive for stargazers, it features a four poster bed, waterfall shower and underfloor heating. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Why Look at Cabin Porn?


 This is a marvellous essay (and I mean essay, it's not a 2 minute thing to whizz through on Buzzfeed) about why we like looking at shedlike structures by Finn Arne Jørgensen, associate professor of history of technology and environment at Umeå University, Sweden, and published by Duke University Press (you can download a pdf of the whole thing from their site here).

Here's a couple of snippets to whet your appetite:
The rise of cabin porn as a visual genre reflects a growing international interest in cabins, shedworking, and rustic, exurban living off the grid — most of it romanticizing rural and low-tech lifestyles.

The images seem to say that we once lived in simpler conditions, in architecture closer to nature. We lived more productive and more honest lives. In the peace and quiet away from the distractions of modern life, we could listen to ourselves. The images of cabin porn whisper to us of this lost state of grace, of an age of wood and earth and things that were real and true. The cabins of cabin porn are as much ideas as actual places.... On the surface, the disembodied architecture of cabin porn seems to be a form of nostalgia, where the dream of the cabin becomes an arena for resolving an ambivalent relationship to technology and all the bothersome things of modern life.... In looking at cabin porn, trying to articulate exactly what is essential and desirable about the cabin, we are also looking at ourselves and who we aspire to be. 
 Image from the Cabin Porn site by Peter Weiss

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Designing a garden office


A nice piece by designer Katie Malik about designing garden offices and thinking about small spaces. Here's a snippet:
I have been recently asked to design a small garden office for a client who runs a charity. He wanted the space to have a bit of industrial, Brighton cafe feel and allow him to work. I arranged a space so that he has some space to put his laptop on, but also to relax and read if he decided to take a short break or invite someone in. There’s also some shelving to display his memorabilia from Africa, a super cool, vintage music player that ‘has it all’, and even some space to put notes.
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Monday, February 01, 2016

Pub shedworking


A nice short piece by the FT's deputy graphics editor Graham Parrish about replacing his dilapidated garden shed with three shiny new ones and giving each a different purpose, including one as a mini-pub and den. Here's a snippet:
"Hours on eBay resulted in a stream of fittings and fixtures being delivered, including bar stools, beer pumps, mirrors and a dart board. We drew the line at a grand piano and snooker table, but have recently added electricity, a sofa, WiFi, a television set with Netflix and an imitation log burner."

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