Camouflaged and nestled into a modest residential garden, the Writers Shed provides an isolated workspace for a creative writer.
The outbuilding sits in the seldom utilised back corner of the block, located in a quiet, leafy residential suburb in Melbourne’s South East. Masquerading itself amongst the garden landscape and boundary fences the shed is one with the landscape –a living part of the garden rather than an imposition on it.
The successful coverage of Boston Ivy, accompanied by a collection of lush, verdant plantings was developed in collaboration with Landscape Garden Designer Ben Scott.
Stepping inside, a generous and simple ply clad workspace reveals itself, with a framed window looking back to the garden. A mirrored doorway opens out to the rear blue stone slabs providing an option for deliveries and access.
Sitting inside at the desk there’s a certain inherent delight in bunkering down to look out to the garden and house beyond. The ten square meter space was sized to fall into a Class 10a structure, allowing economical building and planning methods and a rather simple, low-tech, modestly-priced and modestly-constructed solution.
A concrete slab supports engineered timber flooring, ply clad stud walls, sealed on the exterior with a rolled Butynol ‘wet-suit’ that both insulates and waterproofs.
As the ways we work and live continue to adapt and change to our environment and technology, traditional notions are challenged and new opportunities appear. An antidote is often needed to balance the overstimulating, populous and constantly-contactable workplaces where we spend much of our modern lives.
More people are opting to work from a variety of locations, sometimes rejecting the rigid and sealed open plan office for the benefits of more natural surroundings. As a detached and flexible workspace the Writer’s Shed provides an intimate private space to recoup, reflect and recharge the imagination.
Name of project: Writer’s Shed
Photography: Shannon McGrath
Architecture and Interior Design by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design