Woodlands Community Garden Shed / Brendan Callander + Jason Pielak + Stella Cheung-Boyland

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Architects: Brendan Callander + Jason Pielak + Stella Cheung-Boyland
Location: Vancouver,
Photographs: Dave Delnea Images

Institutional Partners: University of British Columbia, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Woodlands Community Garden Club, City Studio Vancouver, City of Vancouver

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From the architect. This garden shed was designed and constructed in partnership by UBC architecture students and the Woodlands Community Garden Club. This structure is the focal point of the garden, and it acts as a gathering spot for local education programs, and as well as a practical storage solution.

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The unique form of the shed was designed to prevent shadows from being cast on surrounding garden plots while at the same time shading the central meeting space.The client(s) also requested that the use of chemicals be avoided on site to prevent leaching into the soil. Our solution was to use charred cedar siding as a natural way of protecting the wood.

South Elevation

The charred surface also doubles as a chalk-board wall, providing a surface for children and instructors to write on. In addition to the charred-cedar siding, a herring-bone patterned lattice system was used on the parts of the building that receive the most sunlight. The lattice allows for interior lighting as well as a potential place to grow vines. Seasonal vines would provide further shading to cool the structure in the summer months, while allowing more light into the building when dormant.

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Cite: "Woodlands Community Garden Shed / Brendan Callander + Jason Pielak + Stella Cheung-Boyland" 29 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=471161>
  • Timothy J. Pielak

    Fascintating design!! Quite a feat to arrive at such an aesthetic design while ensuring that shadows thrown by the garden shed don’t interfere with growth in the garden plots. I t will be interesting to other designs from Jason Pielak and his colleagues!!