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Brendan Callander + Jason Pielak + Stella Cheung-Boyland's Woodlands Community Garden Shed in Vancouver

A garden shed acts as a gathering spot for students and a chalk board for children

This garden shed was designed and constructed in partnership by UBC architecture students and the Woodlands Community Garden Club. Serving as a point of reference in the garden this structure is a meeting point for local education programmes, and a useful storage solution. The form of the shed was designed to prevent casting shadows on surrounding garden plots while at the same time shading the central meeting space. The use of chemicals had to be avoided on site to prevent leaching into the soil. The architects’ solution was to use charred cedar siding as a natural way of protecting the wood. The charred surface can also be used as a chalkboard wall, providing a surface for children and instructors to write on. In addition, a herringbone patterned lattice system was used on the parts of the building that receive the most sunlight, allowing for interior lighting and the potential to grow vines inside.


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Architects: Brendan Callander, Jason Pielak and Stella Cheung-Boyland

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