UK Architecture graduate win competition to design French Bike Sheds

I can’t see something like this happening in the UK – sheds for all I say!

Taken from Loire & Loges

In 2005, the French National Federation of the Building industry (FFB) approached the Touraine association of young architects, the Girafe for the construction of a new age vineyard cabin.

Big sister of the cabin that the candidates are invited to create, this project already fitted in the program the Loire à Vélo® which then started to take rise. The Cycloyourte, thought as a shelter for one night, like a refuge, was born!

The “loges de vigne”, vineyard cabins, or huts, are modest constructions, often reduced to only one room, and intended to meet the needs for the vine growers to eat, shelter or rest. The first appeared in the Loire Valley in the 16th century and then multiplied to take truly their rise at the end of the 19th century. Since the beginning of the 20th century, they fell in disuse.

Dundee School of Architecture graduate Colin Baillie has won an international contest for a new cycle cabin on the Loire à Vélo trail in France

Baillie – who works for Glasgow-based Gareth Hoskins Architects – was named joint winner of the contest which sought ideas for two sites on the cycle route.

Open to graduate and student architects under 30 years old, the ‘Loire & Loges’ contest sought proposals for simple 15m² cabins where cycle tourists can shelter and rest during the day.

Baillie’s winning design will be constructed at Chouzé-sur-Loire between Janaury and May next year. He will also receive around £2,750 at an awards ceremony in Tours.


HT architectsjournal


Weird but inventive shed of the month – Current Shed

This from the BBC A History of the world by Hazel Jones

Currant Drying Shed

This curious object was made by the artist Hazel Jones whilst she was in her final year at the Silversmithing and Jewellry Department of the Royal Collage of Art in London in the late 80’s. At that time she was “inventing” gadgets and implements for doing jobs that didn’t need doing. Working with ephemeral objects like tea leaves, fluff and dust. She turned her attention to currant buns in her final year and for her final year show at the RCA she developed some gadgets for stretching, steaming and drying currants that had been skillfully plucked from the surface of many a bun. A hinged wall with seven spikes folds down and the moist currants are attached and the wall closed and fastened by means of a small clip at the top. A small cake candle in the base is lit via a hinged hatch at the side. The heat of the candle is said to dry out the currants in a matter of hours. The elongated shape of the sheds was greatly influenced by the net drying sheds at Hastings used by local fisherfolk. After the currants are dried they can be steamed in the Currant Steamer- another device invented by Hazel Jones – to return them to their plump and moist state and so on, ad infinitum.

Recycled Meditation Temple shed

We could all use a peaceful escape from the bustle and stress of our daily lives, but not many of us have the luxury or time to hop on a plane and jet off to a secluded beach or private mountain cabin. But what if we told you that a similar place existed in your own backyard for a mere one-time cost of $28? Created by Aaron Westgate, this relaxing Meditation Temple is a pile of salvaged materials transformed into a beautiful retreat for quietude and contemplation.

Read more about it here

Thanks to Andy for the heads up on that twitter.

A cantilevered foot bridge out of logs – with a shed

The wonderful instructables has this great make

Come and see this bridge in Petersburg, Alaska!

I acquired a grant to put in a bridge over a stream that was between a park and a mile long trail. The plan had been to install a glue-lam or log bridge across a 50 foot wide part of the stream. Building a log bridge is actually pretty easy if you have big timber to work with. But a citizen approached me and asked if he could design and guide the construction of a cantilever bridge with a small hut on it.

This design incorporates a “sod” roof of locally harvested mosses as well as integrated benches. The entire structure except the plywood on the roof is constructed of red cedar. Most of the pieces were fabricated in a wood shop and then carried out and installed.

Three sheds entwined (love not lust) #TwitterPicture live

The wonderfully talented Johanna Basford is doing here Live drawing on Twitter again..

I asked for “three sheds entwined (love not lust) summerhouse, an allotment shed and a garden office ” strange I know but it’s the first thing that came into my head, and this is how she started it.

You can follow here Live here

Free Webcam Chat at Ustream

I do hope that one of her sponsors brewdog give her a good drink after this!

Instant Shed in your kitchen – The Daily Shelter

nicked from Alex but love it

Feeling safe is not necessarily being safe.
We feel protected and secure in surroundings that
are familiar to us, where we can control the
space around us – physically or psychologically.

The Daily Shelter is a table inspired by my grandfather
Sigvald Andreas Brandth. He was an inventive designer
who based many of his ideas on excitement,
humor and secrets.
And just like his many designs, this table has a hidden story.

At first glance it looks like an ordinary table.
But for the one who knows its secret, it can be
transformed into a shelter where one can hide from
scary sounds, ghosts or family members.
Just like a snail feels safe in it’s house.

A Shedlike structure that is amazing

I normally leave all the shedlike structures to Alex over at shedworking.

But this one caught my eye on Michael Janzen’s

This amazing tiny structure is located in Trondheim, Norway, and was designed as a place for kids in a school yard. The walls are made from recycled scrap wood from a nearby construction site that are arranged in 80 layered circles.

Not sure of the fire – the scallywags on my estate would burn that shed down before look at it, but I suppose the Norwegian kids are more civilised.

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Shed Design Competition from Waltons – the winner will have the shed made!

That other shed blog mentioned it last night , of course Alex is the shed news man, where as I jump on the shed news late 😉

To represent what a perfect shed design is they have a picture of 2008 Shed of the Year winner Tim’s Rugby Shed – but sheddies could you design a better shed?

Walton’s Shed Design Competition 2010.

If you have an idea for a garden shed, write down some notes or draw some sketches detailing what makes your garden building stand out from the crowd. The lucky winner will have their garden shed made by our team at Walton’s and we’ll have it delivered to you all for free!

Walton's Premier Groundsman Dutch Barn Sheds
Walton's Premier Groundsman Dutch Barn Shed can you design better?

The garden building will need to be based around the following measurements:

* Maximum width – 1.830 meters
* Maximum length – 2.45 meters
* Maximum height – 2.5 meters

Using the following materials:

* 12mm thick pine wood cladding
* Pine wood framing
* 9mm thick ply wood
* OSB 10mm & 8mm thick
* Styrene glazing.

You will also be required to send us a 100 word introduction about your design, a list of features your shed has and a drawing or diagram depicting your design.

Entrants are required to send their ideas in the following formats: PDF, JPEG or Paper – For hand drawings

Simply design your shed and send us your entries by March 15th 2010 to [email protected]

For full terms and conditions see the page

Cork Block Shelter wins Peoples prize in Guggenheim Competition

My favourite design won the Guggenheim/Sketchup Design it Shelter Competition Peoples prize, congrats to desinger David Mares and well done to all that took part.


Now where can I get 2000 corks to build my own (i know thats not how you build it, but Iam doing it for effect) 😉

Cork Block Shelter – what sheds could be like

Its like shed of the year but for Shelters the Guggenheim lot have had some great entries, but this one is my favourite.


Cork Block Shelter Designed by David Mares is located at Vale dos Barris. It was designed to be an ecological and living block. In a microclimate that ranges from the dry heat to damp cold, the application of cork is a good way of thermally isolating the shelter and also providing acoustic insulation for study/sleep. The dynamic facade gives visual interaction when in living-studying mode; in rest-sleep mode it closes to provide privacy for its occupant.


It’s more like a dare I say a Garden office and not treading on Alex’s toes, and the insulation is great idea.

Thanks to HistoricShed for the tip off on twitter.

Shedworking’s new shed design announced.

Alex shed judge and general good bloke of the shedworld, has announced the winner of his Design a new shedworking ShedQuarters at the start of shedweek and says.

I was delighted with the quality of the entries and how much thought people had put into them – pat on the back time to all of you for your hard work…..


My favourite design was the floating office from Paul at Roomworks the idea of working on water has always appealed to me and as I now have a river at the bottom of my garden, it’s at least technically possible

Read more over at the blog, Alex asks if it should be an annual thing, How many sheds does one man need!!!, answers on a beermat to me..;)

I hope when alex gets a new shed built, he will of course Share it on, but as he a judge he can’t win Shed of the year 2010!, but you can start adding your sheds now…… and they will go live after shedweek…