Shadow Shed

Neil Dusheiko Architects, London, 2015


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Flexible study space & yoga studio in the garden of a Victorian house

The project, situated in a back garden of a Victorian house in a Conservation Area, is surrounded by lush and verdant vegetation with large trees.

The façade is made of heavily textured cedar, blackened using a traditional Japanese technique called Shou Sugi Ban. The interior is wax finished birch plywood.

The concept was for the studio to be a quiet, abstract object in the landscape of the garden, sunken into the ground and its dark charred skin blending in with the established foliage.

A window wraps around to form a skylight, eroding the box-like nature of the studio and permitting glimpses of the trees and stars from the inside. The ability to create a range of atmospheres within the small space allows it to be used in a multi-functional way during the day and night, when the black timber dissolves into the darkness and the windows glow like lanterns.


  • Begun: Mar 2015
  • Completed: Jul 2015
  • Floor area: 15m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £35,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Feb 2015
  • Procurement: JCT MW
  • Address: 13 Primrose Gardens, Belsize Park, London, NW3 4UJ, United Kingdom

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