Monday, July 09, 2007

Design a shed competition

As we mentioned earlier in the year, the architectural folk at Line of Site have come up with a small scale brief - to design a garden shed (they recognise that they were inspired by the marvellous readersheds.co.uk site). The idea is to avoid the mundane, uniform and dull (though one might argue that is the essence of a great shed) and create "a shed that is architecturally satisfying and an integral part of its surroundings rather than a mere afterthought." The brief goes on to say, very perceptively:
"This is a chance to consider the essential purpose of the shed. Is it just an extension to the house, an overflow storage space, a dumping ground for junk? Why, then, are some people so inventive in utilising their sheds? Is it the shed’s unique capacity to provide a detached personal refuge within the suburban home that makes it such a springboard for originality? Some writers use their shed as a private study for their creative work; increasingly, people use it as an office from which to run their business from home. Perhaps it is the shed’s ability to adapt itself either to work or to leisure purposes with equal success that results in the diversity of roles it plays in our lives?"

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