This wooden shed sits in the middle of the flourishing Woodlands Community Garden in Vancouver. It was crafted by student Brendan Callander, fellow friends at UBC Jason Pielak, Stella Cheung-Boyland, the CityStudio Vancouver and The City of Vancouver together with the garden's society, as both a meeting point and storage room. Built from charred cedar wood, it's topped by a puzzling wooden lattice that keeps natural light flowing in and has the potential to support edible vines.
The Woodlands Community Garden shed is surrounded by raised vegetable beds. It was crafted entirely from cedar wood with an angled roof that forms a puzzling lattice. This way, cool breezes and natural light can flow in freely to make the interiors cool and bright.
The dark wooden walls have been through a controlled burning process called charring, or Shou Sugi Ban in Japan. A chemical-free process, it makes the wood resistant to rot, fungi and fire without the need of a finishing. Oddly shaped, the communal shed’s unique design prevents shadows being cast on surrounding garden plots allowing more sunshine for the vegetables.
Photos by Brendan Callander