Lessons from the Garden
November 25, 2011
In our fast-paced times, many architects feel the need to pull out all the stops to win the commission, to stun us with incredible feats of engineering, wildly out-of-place forms, and outrageous colors. Yet amidst the crazy cantilevers and pyramid reduxes, we find an enduring appreciation for minimalism. In the age of “Yes Is More,” this Garden Shed by Helsinki architect Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth reminds us that less can still be more. More after the jump.
Launched for the gardening market, Hara and Bergroth’s Garden Shed combines an outdoor shed and greenhouse into a simple customizable modular design. Though no more revolutionary in shape than those miniscule Monopoly game pieces, the Garden Shed is bare bones architecture at its finest, effortlessly transforming outdoor space into a room of one’s own. The expandable prefabricated frames are fitted with glass roofs and glass walls and seamlessly abutted with a shed of Finnish pine. In joining two standard forms of garden architecture into one, the Garden Shed becomes something more, blossoming into a menagerie imprinted with escapist fantasies.