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- Begun: Jun 2012
- Completed: Aug 2012
- Floor area: 7m2
- Sector: House
- Total cost: £67,845
- Funding: Private
- Tender date: Mar 2012
- Procurement: JCT Minor Works WCD 2011
- Address: St John's Wood, London, NW8, United Kingdom
Garden office and shed in the back garden of a terraced 1950s house
'Shoffice' (shed + office) is a garden pavilion containing a small office alongside garden storage space located to the rear of a1950's terraced house in St John’s Wood. The brief required the shoffice to be conceived of as a sculptural object that flowed into the garden space.
A glazed office space nestles into an extruded timber elliptical shell, which curls over itself like a wood shaving, and forms a small terrace in the lawn. The interior is oak lined and fitted out with storage and a cantilevered desk. Two rooflights - one glazed above the desk with another open to the sky outside the office bring light into the work space.
The project was a close collaboration between Architect, Structural Engineer and Contractor. The lightweight structure, formed with two steel ring beams, timber ribs and a stressed plywood skin, sits on minimal pad foundations. Much of the project was prefabricated to reduce the amount of material that needed to be moved through the house during construction.