The Composting Shed at Inverleith Terrace / Groves-Raines Architects

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-based Groves-Raines Architects shared with us a recently completed project of a small composting shed in a private garden, which was awarded an American Institute of Architects Excellence in Design Award. The structure is an organic extension of the garden and the woven edging to the paths from which it springs. Its origins are derived from basket weave or hazel hurdles using woven rebar and Corten Steel.

More images after the break.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "The Composting Shed at Inverleith Terrace / Groves-Raines Architects" 07 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Tim

    Old idea, Great Concept! Beautifully made. Congratulations to Groves-Raines.

  • shetu

    Idea is very good.
    Was it necessary to do it with steel?

  • Josh

    Was that comment really necessary?
    What else you you suggest it be made with?

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  • up_today_arch

    Very beautifull and elegance… Unexpected solution… Bravo!

  • gcv

    Who the hell hires an architect for a composting shed ?..

  • hZ!

    I think I understand the question about steel; the woven construction brings to mind cane, so maybe the questioner wondered why not use willow, hazel or similar, and confine the steel to supports and frame. Whether long-term durability is wanted or not would be subjective, not forgetting steel and oxidation.
    This structure is a lot bigger than it may seem at first glance; there wasn’t a reference object for comparison that I could see in the first picture (that style of fence is not familiar to me). The wheelbarrow and person in a later shot puts it into proper context.
    A beautiful compost shed indeed.

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