Every year, thousands of people enter the UK's Shed of the Year Competition, and the latest award went to a clever little creation made from recycled materials, powered by the sun and topped by an old boat. But there are plenty of wonderful ideas like this one in London; one of our favorites is the shed designed by Marcus Shields for storing 11 bikes at home. Dubbed Eco Shed, the structure is made from recycled yogurt containers, and it's topped with a wildflower-filled green roof.
The eco shed replaces a boring old B&Q shed at a bike-loving couple’s back yard in Camden Town, and it can fit 11 bikes inside. It was constructed from an FSC wooden frame, recycled yogurt carton plastic cladding, Corten steel, and western red cedar. The roof is natural EDPM rubber coating over ply sheeting, with Corten steel edges that create an earthy, oxidized rust finish that is very low maintenance and requires no painting.
On top, a lush green roof hosts a mix of sedum, wildflower and spring bulbs to provide year-round cover and a calm view from the bedroom. The vegetated roof filters water, attracts plenty of wildlife and it is equipped with round skylights that let sunshine and frame the beautiful plants. It’s amazing how a tiny eco-friendly shed in a small garden in London can fit 11 bikes, a collection of power tools and a whole lot more inside.