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Neil Dusheiko reveals £35k timber garden room

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Neil Dusheiko Architects has submitted this £35,000 garden room for this year’s 2016 AJ Small Projects Awards


The scheme sits in the back garden of a Victorian house in Belsize Park, London.

Completed in July 2015, the 15m2 garden room is clad in blackened timber while the interior is lined with birch plywood.

Shadow Shed by Neil Dusheiko Architects

Shadow Shed by Neil Dusheiko Architects

Architect’s view

The façade is made of heavily textured cedar, blackened using a traditional Japanese technique called Shou Sugi Ban. The interior is wax finished birch plywood.

The concept was for the studio to be a quiet, abstract object in the landscape of the garden, sunken into the ground and its dark charred skin blending in with the established foliage.

A window wraps around to form a skylight, eroding the box-like nature of the studio and permitting glimpses of the trees and stars from the inside. The ability to create a range of atmospheres within the small space allows it to be used in a multi-functional way during the day and night, when the black timber dissolves into the darkness and the windows glow like lanterns.

Shadow Shed by Neil Dusheiko Architects

Shadow Shed by Neil Dusheiko Architects

Detailed Plan

Project data

Location Belsize Park, London
Type of project house
Client Karaca Mescti and Sally Davies
Architect Neil Dusheiko Architects
Planning consultant Howard Sharp & Partners
Structural engineer Momentum Consulting Engineers
Tender date February 2015
Start on site date March 2015
Completion date July 2015
Gross internal floor area 15m2
Form of contract and/or procurement JCT MW
Total cost £35,000

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