The narrow site on the north side of the main house was surrounded by high pine trees. The program was a general storage space, space for garden tools, and a small workshop for household repairs.

The three-storeyed building is a brick and wooden structure: A wooden framework is suspended inside a brick cylinder, as a tea strainer in a teacup. The two laminated beams holding the interior framework also serve as primary beams for the roof. The structural characteristics of the circular brick wall allowed a thin half-stone masonry (108mm).

A result of the construction principal was three floors with quite different qualities. The first floor is a simple masonry room with concrete floor. The room has direct access from the lawn, and is used for heavy tools, lawn mower etc.. The second floor is for storage, and the third floor is a small workshop. The workshop gets daylight through a transparent fiberglass roof.

The interior fixtures and fittings are attached to the framework, not touching the brick wall. Adjustable shelves and benches are made of wood. The semicircular staircase is made of steel. A pivot hinged wooden door follows the bond and curve of the brick wall. All wood is Norwegian pine, treated with a mixture of tar, linseed oil and turpentine.


Garden Shed and Workshop
Ullern, Oslo. 1995







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