Platform 5 Architects, London, 2012


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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.


  • 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

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