£22k composting shed wins award for Scottish design

A bit late to the game on this, not only did I miss it first time round I missed the Scottish award announcement, well I suppose I can’t always be on my top shed game……

The scotsman reports

Photo Dan Farrar - Groves Raines Architects
Photo Dan Farrar - Groves Raines Architects

IT COULD be the world’s most expensive composting shed – and now it has been hailed as one of Scotland’s best pieces of architecture.

Edinburgh architects Groves-Raines designed the £22,000 shed as part of a remodelling of a house and garden in Inverleith Terrace.

It is constructed from rebar – a metal material normally used to reinforce concrete – with a turf roof and has become a talking point for passers-by on the Water of Leith walkway.

Last night, it won the chairman’s prize in the annual Scottish Design Awards.

John Glenday, of Urban Realm magazine, which sponsors the awards, said chairman Roger Zogolovitch had been impressed with the flair and sense of fun in the design.

He said: “Of all the schemes submitted, this was the one that leapt out. This very utilitarian structure – a compost shed – has been given a real artistic lease of life, which speaks volumes for the passion of the client and the talent of the architect.”

This structure, which serves as a composting area and garden store, is an organic extension of the garden and the woven edging to the paths from which it springs. Its origins are derived from basket weave or hazel hurdles using woven rebar and Corten steel. The organic form embraces a 5 ton boulder on the site and is located at the furthest corner of the garden, providing a point of interest for garden visitors and for walkers on the adjacent Water of Leith Walkway. The pattern of sunlight shining through the rebar is particularly enticing. Photographs copyright to Dan Farrar

Chairman’s Award for Architecture

Company: Groves-Raines Architects Ltd
Client: Anna Guest & Gus Schwartz
Title: The Composting Shed at Inverleith Terrace
Architect Director: Nicholas Groves-Raines
Architectural Assistant: Lucy Anderson
Structural Engineers: David Narro Associates Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: Morham & Brotchie Partnership
Main Contractor: Water Gems
Photographer: Daniel Farrar

By Andrew Wilcox

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