WSD architecture inserts writer's shed into UK back garden
WSD architecture inserts writer's shed into UK back garden
mar 13, 2014

WSD architecture inserts writer's shed into UK back garden

WSD architecture inserts writer’s shed into UK back garden
all images courtesy of WSD architecture




conceived as a haven in the city, the ‘writer’s shed’ by WSD architecture was designed for an author and illustrator to quietly work from. influenced by the client’s passion for children’s literature and mythologies, the small shelter evokes the idea of a fairy-tale hut at the bottom of the garden and offers a secret space that one can retreat to. the exterior features a glowing cedar façade with shingle cladding, as well as a log store and chimney, which help to form the immersive world within.


in february 2014, weston surman & deane were short-listed for the architects’ journal small projects competition 2014.

WSD architecture inserts writer's shed into UK back garden
night view of the workspace retreat



a large north-facing skylight floods the interior workspace with natural light – the gable wall adjacent is lined with a bookcase that meanders around the wood burning stove, serving as a center piece for the client to store his library. looking back out over the garden, the glazed sliding door opens onto a covered verandah, where one can enjoy even the very worst of the british weather.

view from the second floor of the house


daytime view of the small shelter


WSD architecture inserts writer's shed into UK back garden
detail of shadows on the exterior cedar cladding


WSD architecture inserts writer's shed into UK back garden
interior view of the gable wall shelves


(left) WC door and the view back out to the garden
(right) illustration desk under north-facing skylight


WSD architecture inserts writer's shed into UK back garden
sink within shelves


(left) east facing window in shelves
(right) timber store and cedar shingles & door


WSD architecture inserts writer's shed into UK back garden
shelves, stove, and concrete paver hearth



project info:


budget: £31,000
client: private
location: hackney, london
practical completion: april 2013
architects: weston surman & deane architecture ltd.
lead contractors: weston surman & deane architecture ltd.
photography: wai ming ng



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  • lovely

    someone finally figured out how to combine quaint and modern in a thoroughly eloquent manner

    dbkii says:
  • This is spectacular. The 2 photos at the beginning of the article are wonderful. A magical creation.

    Ron Smith says:
  • Great!

    jan says:
  • It’s unfortunate that this charming structure was plunked down into the landscape with no attempt whatsoever to integrate it into the space. It has no foundation– you can see how uneven the ground is under the structure and those two long flowerbeds and lawn don’t do a thing to enhance the whole. Maybe it’s a work in process.

    Christine Damm says:
  • @Christine Damm

    You’re missing the point. There is an obvious disconnect regarding the integration of the shed into the existing conditions of the backyard environment. That’s the point–appreciating the juxtaposition and its successful, but disconnected, integration. Also, the land may very well be evened out underneath the structure. Again, adding to the characteristic of the disconnected integration: structurally, it is sound. Aesthetically, you still experience the original conditions of the land.

    Doggy says:

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