This adorable little garden shed, which is wholly constructed from poplar wood, sits in the middle of a lush retreat in Groningen in The Netherlands. It is located in the allotment gardens of Tuinwijck, which provide rentable outdoor spaces where area residents can create eccentric spaces for themselves to enjoy. Designed by Netherlands-based Onix Architecture, the Poplar Garden Shed is requires no power and has very little impact on the surrounding area.
The allotment gardens are located close to the city center and serve as a green oasis between the railway track and the Helperzoom. Residents of the area can rent spaces for a reasonable amount in order to have their own gardens. Many renters create eccentric and artistic spaces to enjoy and, as you can probably imagine, it is a popular venue. Lots average at 200 sq meters and renters are allowed to build sheds up to 36 sq meters in size. Each lot has access to sewage, water, and carboys, but the only way to have power is to use solar panels and batteries.
This specific little garden shed, the Poplar Garden House, enjoys a sunny lot situated between the playground to the south and the ditch to the north. Because of its location in between these two distinct areas, the garden shed was designed with two different outdoor areas. The area facing the ditch is introverted and sits within the shadow of an apple tree, while the one facing the playground is extroverted. Stormwater drains down into the ditch and a plank bridge and stepping stones allow access to the shed.
Built with a saddle roof, the small shed is as much an artistic sculpture as it is a practical living space. Inside, the spartan building provides area for leisure and a counter area with a sink for making food with a two burner cooktop. Completely lit with natural daylight, the little shed requires no electricity for lights and utilizes a circular skylight to bring even more light inside. The shed is constructed using the same size poplar planks throughout. Fully customizable, the planks can be removed over time to accommodate new works of art.
Images @Peter de Kan