Commissioned by an author/illustrator to design and build a ’writer’s shed,’ WSD took advantage of their multi-disciplinary backgrounds and acted as designers, project managers, and lead contractors. The design responds to the client’s passion for children’s literature and mythologies, and is conceived as a haven within the city; a fairy tale hut at the end of a garden where the client can retreat and immerse himself in his work.
Externally, the structure’s glowing cedar facade, shingle cladding, log storage, and chimney all play a part in creating this mythical world. Inside, a large north-facing skylight floods the workspace with natural light. On the gable wall, a bookcase meanders around the wood burning stove, providing a centerpiece for the client to store his library of books. Looking back out over the garden, the glazed sliding door opens onto a covered veranda – an ideal space to enjoy the moody British weather.