A drafty and worm-eaten 1930s farm building was saved from the demolition chopping block thanks to a skillful renovation in the hands of Sue Architekten. Renamed the Enchanted Shed, this overhauled outbuilding serves as a writer’s workshop, guest room, and “children’s paradise.” The architects gave the Austrian farm building a contemporary new update with a modern interior and a large glazed window that emphasizes the structure’s historic gabled form.
Originally built as a storage shed, the old farm building was one of many that accompanied the Vienna Woods villas back in the 1930s. Over time many of these small outbuildings lost their purpose, fell into disrepair, and were demolished. Sue Architekten saw potential in the unwanted buildings and devised ways to convert the structures into “cozy hideaways” that were “affordable, magical places of retreat for families and their guests.”
The moss-covered roof and coal tar-covered timber cladding were preserved, however, the architects dramatically transformed the interior with gray varnished spruce planks and a large glazed wall on the front facade of the upper living space. A brass trapdoor separates the top floor from the ground level, which is used for storing miscellaneous items, such as the garden tools and fruit crates.
Images via Sue Architekten, © Andreas Buchberger