ISSUE 5  |  Potting Sheds

Architect Visit: A Garden Workshop in Cambridge

February 03, 2014 11:00 AM

BY Michelle Slatalla

After coming into possession of his grandfather’s workbench and tools, London-based architect Ben Davidson of Rodic Davidson Architects designed a perfectly proportioned shed for them in his garden.

We came spotted the workshop via Dezeen, where Davidson described how he designed and built the shed four years after moving into his home in Cambridge.

Photography courtesy of Ben Davidson and Rodic Davidson Architects.

Above: The floor is concrete and the walls are lined with lacquered pegboard with hooks and open shelving to house tools.

Above: The exterior is clad in plywood siding, stained black. The windows are Velfac panels that Davidson was given for free by a contractor who had ordered the wrong size.

The garden workshop is one of two sheds Davidson built in his garden; the second building is a home office.

Above: Davidson, who inherited his grandfather’s workbench and tools after his father died in 2012, told Dezeen: “My grandfather was a carpenter by trade and extraordinarily talented; he should have been a cabinet maker. I recall many summers in my early teens, being packed off for two weeks to go and stay with my grandparents in Norfolk and spending the entire time with him in his workshop.”

Above: A birch ply shelving unit.

Above: A second workbench, made of maple, runs along the length of a wall in the workshop.

Above: At the end of the birch plywood is a lowered platform, on which sits a Meddings pillar drill.

In addition to windows, the shed has two skylights. The pegboard wall panels allow Davidson to display (rather than merely store) his grandfather’s tools.

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