Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Open Office scoops garden office design competition

The Open Office by Kenny Vanden Berghe, who is studying at the Florence Design Academy, is a very worthy winner indeed of John Coupe's garden office design competition which he's been running over at secrets-of-shed-building. There were 70 entries from 19 different countries including Kazakhstan, Canada, Portugal, Indonesia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Belgium, Poland, India, United States of America, Israel, Netherlands, Germany, Serbia, China, Italy, Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore and the United Kingdom. The winning design is cleverly thought out and divides the aluminium-framed office into a meeting area, a working area and a storage/utilities area.There are various eco-friendly elements such as rainwater harvesting and solar panels on the roof, and something rather nice on the exterior as Kenny explains:
What makes the "OPEN OFFICE" really particular is the movable wooden panels placed on a railing system on the outside of the shed (cf. 2nd picture). These panels provide extra isolation and shading, privacy and intimacy. They also allow to create an infinite number of different atmospheres by simply moving them in different positions!
Look out for another shed design competition run by John in summer next year which will coincice with a major shed-base event...
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  1. Anonymous4:54 PM

    Elegant building. Immediately thought of moving panels on the inside, different kinds of panels that could be used outside.

    But..without numbers the ecofriendly claim is a bit over the top. Big windows save heat in the winter, "cheap" wood heat, "optimal placement of wood stove"? What does al this mean.

    Plus the sub-optimal placement of solar panels.

  2. Anonymous9:22 PM

    Very nice project and presentation, it looks very cosy and warm atmosphere!!

  3. Your decorations are just fabulous and your open office is beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Kenny Vanden Berghe11:22 PM

    For more projects from Kenny Vanden Berghe, visit http://KBerghe.com