Category Archives: Garden Rooms

Now for something different – a bespoke garden studio

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Commissioned by a photographer friend, who was struggling to operate out of a cramped studio in her house. The brief was to create a garden studio building, that would be large enough to undertake a variety of studio set-ups, as well as being able to be used for recreational uses such as a cinema room.

The building is simple in form and construction, although the ‘diagonally double pitched’ roof form posed some interesting angular junctions. Constructed using SIPS panels, the beauty of this system is that all of the geometric junctions can be pre-manufactured, allowing on-site assembly to be relatively straight forward.

The end result is a functional and beautiful space, and a contemporary take on the typical garden studio. Best of all, during the worst of our winter weather, the building hardly needed any heating.

Slideshow video showing the design and construction of this bespoke garden studio >

A studio for a photographer

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1001_9436Work has just completed on our first ‘garden room‘, to be used as a studio for a portrait photographer. The building, which uses the latest in rapid construction technology, uses entirely sustainable materials and has insulation levels far exceeding the current Building Regulations requirements.  Even during extremely cold weather the building needs very little in the way of heating, utilising controlled solar gain through the large south facing window.

Initial design studies looked at cladding the building in a variety of materials – charred plywood, Scottish Larch in both shiplap and waney edge form.  In the end we decided on the hardwood Garapa – a very durable product, with a lifespan of at least 25 years.  All windows were manufactured locally, with the folding / sliding doors by Jeld Wen.  The large projecting window (cannot really see it in these images) was constructed in our own workshop.  Full project photography coming soon.

Photographers studio garden roomThis building is the first of our new garden room concepts – we will be launching them under the brand Het-Hut this summer, so watch this space.  Click here to see the concept visuals for this project.

Heterarchy run live student workshop for sustainable timber structures

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Wood Workshop 2010 Winners

Jointly instigated by DeMontfort University Department of Interior Architecture and Design, and the Heterarchy studio, with sponsorship from Travis Perkins for the construction of the winning design. The two week project, for second year students of the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course based at the DMU Leicester Campus, has been declared an outstanding success by all who were invloved.

The brief was to design a free-standing, outdoor structure for use as a ‘chill out’ or meditation space, using sustainable timber and timber derived products as its primary construction material.  The project was run over a two week period, with myself and Rosemarie regularly working with the students, alongside DMU head of Interior Design, Graham Stretton. The creative response from the students was phenomenal, demonstrating strong conceptual thinking with the ability to understand technical and constructional issues.

We were pleased to secure sponsorship for the build by Travis Perkins, showing a real commitment from them to support education and innovation within the sustainable construction sector.  James Hollis, of Travis Perkins, said: ‘I’m amazed by the quality of the work and the amount they’ve done within a very short time.  Every single design has something of merit, choosing just one to build is almost impossible.’

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The general consensus was the quality of the work was so high, we simply woudn’t be able to choose one winner.  Looking at the criteria of concept, process (the students ability to engage with professional input during the design process), buildability and presentation, we managed to get it down to a final shortlist of six (it could have been 12), with one being declared the outright winner.  All six will attend a two week placement within the Heterarchy studio, when we hope to build two of the chosen designs.

A seventh design was chosen by John Coster, of community media agancy CitizensEye.org, to be developed, with the Heterachy studio, into a mobile outdoor community media hub.

All of the work will be published on the Heterarchy website.  We are aiming to build two of the chosen designs during April 2010.

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