Small is certainly beautiful, or at least entertaining, in this array of garden sheds, customised by architects and designers, to form the 'Ideal Hut Show', which opened last weekend in Glasgow's Botanic Gardens, as part of the West End Festival.
The brief was simple: designers were given a standard garden shed and asked to do what they would with it. Solutions ranged from professors Metzstein and MacMillan's knowing references to other architects' work, through the summery approach of Paul Smith and Ian Ritchie, to the dark vision of David Mackay, with its references to Kosovo. Others, like Eva Jiricna, and Zoo Architects, used the hut to show the beauty and precision of their architecture. And Jon Jardine, of Neil Baxter Associates, which curated the exhibition, played games of shale with his giant-dog kennel. Two schemes not shown here were by Dick Cannon of Elder & Cannon, and Piers Gough.
The ephemeral joys of this exhibition can be made lasting: the huts are on offer to the highest bidders, with all donations going to The Big Issue in Scotland. Delivery costs will be on top: £100 within the Glasgow area, £200 in central Scotland (up to 100 miles from Glasgow), £300 in mainland Scotland, and £500 in the rest of mainland UK. Bids should be faxed, by 27 June, to Neil Baxter Associates on 0141 332 8784.