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Danubian Dreams

by Alex from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 04, 2012 04:15 AM
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Danubian Dreams was a project organised by Bratislava gallery Gandy featuring five European architects and designers: Odile Decq (whose 'open tipi' is pictured above), Peter Cook, Matali Crasset, Medusa Group, Helen & Hard and Vallo & Sadovsky who were asked to create their own 'shed', looking at the idea of the hut as the first habitat and reworking it for the 21st century. The sheds - each 5 to 10m square, eco-friendly where possible and designed to be portable - travelled around Europe. Here's what Gandy say about it: "The new aspect of this project is that for the first time, a gallery proposes to obtain an architectural realization, not a model or an installation but a true hut by an architect. Each shed will be editioned in 8 copies and will offer a new place to live, to isolate oneself or to dream. Initiated by Nadine Gandy Danubian Dreams distinguishes itself by the diversity of variations on the theme of the shed, and the meeting of architecture, contemporary art and design in a project out of the ordinary." Below is Peter Cook's rather jolly Hat And Coat Kiosk. Perhaps most intriguing though was Medusa Group's EUR Shed built of palettes. Here's how they describe the work (do bear with it): "EUR Shed is an answer of how we imagine contemporary pavilion corresponding to the universal context. We tried to find out what is the universal context for the modern shed and what we got was the lack of context. But in some way lack of context is still a context. The context of uniformed and global world obsessed by consumption, transport and market. The EUR Shed is referring to those factors. We did use the uniform transportation palette as the repetitive basic element of the pavilion and the common plastic band used in shipping goods. This element is a part of mentioned above global context. Its an icon of the transport era and is easy recognizable in almost every country. Thus the EUR Shed fits different locations and due to its uniform character could be applied to any context. At the same time it represents also the most important for us features in designing space : its cheap, easy to install, flexible and recyclable. It could be easily mounted by two people, and the construction materials could be bought at the destination place and than could be sold after deconstruction without big loss of value. In a sense the transport of the shed is more transporting the user manual and the know-how than transporting real construction materials. This is also an open project that leaves a margin for individual modification concerning the shape, cover, roof protection and the flooring. The presented version is more a design manifesto representing our approach to designing than a real specified functional object." And this is what it looks like. You can download a pdf book of the project here

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Choosing a shed - Cock-a-Hoop

by Alex from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 04, 2012 04:21 AM
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West Sussex-based Cock-a-Hoop not only build bespoke garden offices, they also take in treehouses, wendy houses (with Perspex windows for safety), hen coops and stabling buildings. Pictured above is an 8' x 6' stilted house with 8' x 6' verandah and extra height to eaves. Below is a treehouse with a 360˚ viewing platform built onto and supported around an ancient oak, leading to a second small platform from where you can reach an 8ft x 6ft cabin, built 20ft up in the branches (the ladder has a pulley system which can be raised to keep outsiders out). And finally, a garden office on land, 10ft x 18ft with a cedar tiled roof.

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James Westwater - Plywood Chateaux book

by Alex from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 04, 2012 04:17 AM
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It's a bonanza year for books by Shedworking's readers. Latest in the line-up is James Westwater who made the marvellous Plywood Chateaux we profiled last year. You can buy his book - cunningly titled James Westwater: Plywood Chateaux - at Amazon .

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Got Samples?

by creede from Grassroots Modern  (design blog) — Jan 04, 2012 03:01 AM
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I stumbled across this magazine holder a while ago, and while I thought it was cute, I didn’t think it was a show stopper. I happened to look at it again today, and realized that it was part of a website called amplesample.net. The whole website is devoted to using carpet samples to [...]

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Island webcam

by Don from Hus Langford  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:34 AM
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The boat operator, Waxholmsbolaget, has a great English-language website. They have webcams at the bigger islands, one of which is Sandhamn, not that far away from our little Aspö.Here's a direct link for their Sandhamn webcams. There are three views, [...]

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Choosing a shed (US) - Beech-Built

by Alex from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 04, 2012 04:19 AM
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Beech-Built (motto: 'they're so nice you just might want to move in') was founded by former race car driver Donnie Beechler because, he says he wanted "to make a real, measurable difference by reclaiming landfill bound mobile homes and turning them into something useful for everyone" i.e. nice bespoke sheds and garden offices. They certainly look intriguing and come with all the must-haves (insulation, full electrics, portability) as well as using up to 90% recycled material. The model above includes wood laminate flooring and is on a reinforced steel base foundation for strength and stability. There's a nice piece about Beechler and the company in the Springfield Journal Register by Amanda Reavy which details the eco-friendly elements of the company. Here's a taster: “This (was) the kitchen of a mobile home,” Beechler said as he showed off a shed at the show Saturday afternoon at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. “This paneling is the original paneling that was in the trailer. I turned (the paneling) around, I patched the holes and then we painted it. We reused all the paneling, the ceiling, the insulation, the (light) switches, even the outlets...It’s cheaper than building your own shed from scratch and it’s helping the environment." Apparently it costs $1,000 to get rid of a mobile home and Beechler claims more than 200,000 go to landfill every year with almost no recycling of them.

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The Plot Thickens - shed chimney

by Alex from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 04, 2012 04:15 AM
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Simon's shed at The Plot Thickens was rightly seen on all the best web sites last year and even hailed as a shed of the year by one eminent gardening writer . And he's only gone and made it better now by adding a chimney.

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by calvinflorian from 225 Corley St  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:38 AM
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Throughout this entire process our friends have been there to hear us bitch, moan, and lose our mind. Some have even helped us around the house. Our buddy Scott Rowe - talented carpenter, tile guy and musician (check out Luigi) offered to lend a hand with some CO items we needed to tackle - handrails, [...]

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Same As It Ever Was

by Chris from A PreFab Project  (prefab blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:03 AM
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I see from the LV message board that the Luminhaus is back in business (or maybe always was). Nice to hear. Our visit to the Luminhaus a couple of summers ago was definitely the starting point of our project, and I've been meaning to post for a long [...]

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calvinflorian

by calvinflorian from 225 Corley St  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:37 AM
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This was the scene, us against them. Them being the many boxes of laminated particle boards and pieces parts from Ikea. The stage, the four walls of our future home. I have to admit, it’s a beautiful thing to be able to purchase an entire kitchen - cabinets, doors, hardware, handles etc, - all in [...]

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