Side Surprise: 10 Enchanted Garden Sheds That Blend Architecture With the Great Outdoors

The garden shed transcends both time and context. Found in every corner of the world, these simple, single-story structures are used for hobbies, storage or as workshops. Built throughout history, they are usually made as a kit-of-parts construction utilizing metal, plastic or wood. Garden sheds are designed with sheathing over simple frames housing a variety of tools and equipment. They can range in complexity from open-sided tin-roofed structures to larger agricultural sheds with integrated building systems. Sited in both dense urban environments and rural contexts, garden sheds reflect an authenticity that’s closely tied to materials and craft. Embodying this authenticity, the following garden sheds showcase elegant detailing and rethink vernacular construction. As enchanting retreats and living spaces, they go beyond utility to incorporate room for writing, making and play. Created with unique cladding and interiors, the designs are sited with carefully designed relationships to their surroundings. Sharing a common approach to view and envelope, they reimagine how transparency and light can define enclosure. Together, they reveal an architecture that’s built to surprise and delight. The Shed by Hufft Projects, Springfield, Mo., United States Sited on a repurposed cul-de-sac, the Shed was designed ...
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