A composting shed in Edinburgh makes clever use of heavy construction materials to blend in with a cheerful Scottish garden.
The shed. at Inverleith Terrace in Edinburgh, is in a garden adjacent to the Water of Leith Walkway (an urban nature footpath that follows the main river running through Edinburgh). The garden belongs to the owners of a home remodeled in 2003 by historical preservationists Groves-Raines Architects. The firm was called upon for a dual-purpose composting/storage shed, but this time not in the vein of historical preservation. Groves-Raines crafted a small but engaging shed at the farthest end of the garden, abutting the public walkway. Using heavy construction materials such as rebar and Cor-ten steel, the architects crafted a tiny space whose shape and color suggests it could have accompanied the Water of Leith through the ages.
Photography by Dan Farrar.
Above: To make rebar at home in the garden, the architects used traditional willow weaving techniques to mimic woven reeds and branches.
Above: The woven technique allows for ventilation needed for composting.
Above: By embracing a five-ton boulder already sited in the garden, the shed blends with the place all the more.
Above: Like wandering through a giant basket; the enchanting sunlight inside changes throughout the day.
Above: The roof is made of weatherproof rubber, lined with steel and planted with “swaying” grasses.
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