Hackney Shed

Office Sian Architecture, London, 2010


Subscribe now to instantly view this image

Subscribe to the Architects’ Journal (AJ) for instant access to the AJ Buildings Library, an online database of nearly 2,000 exemplar buildings in photographs, plans, elevations and details.

Already a subscriber? Sign in


James Pfaff (website)     Download Original

  • Floor plan    
  • Elevations and sections    
  • Elevations and details    
  • Initial floor plan drawing    
  • Initial roof plan drawing    
  • Working detail: Door    

Unconventional garden shed that has a number of guises as an office, library and entertaining space

Situated in a domestic garden in Hackney, the new ‘shed’ replaces a dilapidated asbestos-ridden and spider-filled hut, and acts as a working studio for the clients.

The brief stipulated a storage and work area to be used when the clients worked from home, and also an adaptable ‘entertaining area’ for visiting friends and family.

Built to a limited budget and timescale, the simple aesthetic of the materials is celebrated to create a functional and warm urban haven. Oak framed full-height doors are completely retractable and allow for a clear view of the garden. A library, situated within the structural members, maximises the usable floor area, and a ‘hidden’ rooflight at the rear of the space playfully frames an unexpected glimpse of the sky.


  • Begun: May 2010
  • Completed: Jun 2010
  • Floor area: 15m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £9,179
  • Address: 36 Lansdowne Drive, London, E8 3EG, United Kingdom

Professional Team