Posts Tagged ‘shed’

Shed on top of Whistler Mountain in Canada

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This shed, perched precariously on a ridge on Whistler Mountain, in British Columbia in Canada recently caught our eye. More information has been hard to find. If anyone knows anything about who built it and how it got there, indeed why it has been put there, please let us know.

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Goat tower selby Illinois

Goat tower in Illinois (those are real goats)

Farmer David Johnson of Findlay, Illinois built this magnificent structure for his 11 Swiss mountain goats, who unfortunately didn’t have a peak worth climbing within hundreds of miles. The tower contains 5,000 handmade bricks, 276 concrete steps, a copper turret and is 31 feet tall. “There are only two other goat towers in the world, and mine is the tallest,” Johnson says proudly.

Find this and hundreds of other unusual buildings at www.ohiobarns.com where site owner Mike MacCarter has collected a veritable Aladdin’s cave of unusual buildings.


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Shed-tower-folly by Jayne Tarasun, 2007

What better way to start 2008 than with a new folly design by a new folly builder, the self styled folly-smith, Jayne Tarasun of Cornwall? 

Artist Jayne has brought the concept of the folly tower into the 21st century, reviving this unique and celebrated slice of British eccentricity and fusing it with contemporary design principals and traditional, sustainable materials. Using cedar, oak, copper and glass, each structure is a tower of tranquillity, designed to engage the senses, enliven the spirit and offer a platform from which we can establish a reconnection between our landscape, our skyscape and ourselves.

Each folly follows a particular design, 5ft square by 10ft high, and has a mezzanine level where owners can sit and relax and read or just look out of the window into the branches of a neighbouring tree.

  • Materials include chestnut frame, cedar shingles, copper roof and laminated safety glass in French doors and windows
  • Design includes secure 5 lever locked front door, ladder to mezzanine-level platform. Fully lined and insulated
  • Planning permission not usually required

Design templates can be adapted to individual requirements. Price on application, includes initial site visit (to assess positioning), delivery and erection. A bespoke design service is also available for function and site specific space.

But what to call it – I suggest a she-tower – a combination of shed and tower -which also reflects the female identity of its designer.

About Jayne: After starting her career in furniture making, constructing bespoke commissions, Jayne Tarasun went on to study Fine Art at Cheltenham College of Art, where she specialized in printmaking. In 1995 she won the Gane Travel Scholarship, which allowed her to study in Barcelona. Jayne has exhibited extensively throughout the UK and she currently works from her studio in Cornwall.

In 2006, Jayne embarked on an MA course in design at UCF, where the seeds of her Folly business were starting to germinate. One year later she decided to focus her energy into `Folly-Smith’ designing, manufacturing and exhibiting her first prototype in Autumn 2007. This has been viewed by thousands of people and is on display at the Trevarno Gardens in Cornwall.

Jayne also designs bespoke, site specific follies tailored to her clients needs.

Contact details:

Jayne Tarasun, 2 Post Office Row, Gweek, Nr Helston, Cornwall TR12 6TU tel: 01326 221750 emailjayne@tarasun.co.uk


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philsstonefolly from reclaimed church standstone

If you fancy a modern garden folly, but lack the imagination or time, to build one, you can always consult the folly designer Phil Game. Phil’s work has recently been brought to my attention by Shedworking and includes some very cheerful and eccentric sheds. But his scope is wider than that. Pictured above is a  folly tower, Phil’s Folly, built  from reclaimed church sandstone.  I have cut and pasted the blurb about Phil from his web site Pure Folly (hyperlink below) which has some interesting designs and is worth a visit.

“About Phil Game

I attended Hornsey College of Art in the late ‘60s – a great time to be an art student in London – where I specialised in graphic design.

After working in London agencies for a couple of years, I went freelance in 1972. In 1974 I set up a publishing business, and in 1980 I set up my own design studio. At the same time I moved to a derelict old barn outside Cambridge which I converted myself over the following years, thereby acquiring the practical building skills that are necessary to construct safe follies. I built my first folly in my own garden, from stone reclaimed from an old church.

Since then I have used my designer skills on many individual garden buildings and structures. I have successfully collaborated together with one of England’s best-known garden designers, Marney Hall, for several years now.”

And below is a splendid shed for our shed fanciers: Moulder’s Cabin.

You can see more of Phil’s designs on his website Pure Folly. They will also feature in : ‘Shedworking: the alternative workplace revolution’ to be published in July 2008 by The Friday Project. Look out for it.

Moulder’s Cabin

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Halcyon Hut by Atelier NU Montreal (Quebec)

Well I couldn’t resist, the beach huts in the competition at Mablethorpe last month are so scrummy that I have put up some more pictures (and to hell with the storage implications).

Eyes-Wide-sHut-press by Feix&Merlin London                       Jabba-Press by i-am associates london   

Left: Eyes Wide sHut                        Right: Jabba the Hut

by Feix&Merlin London                         by i-am associates London 


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Article from Building Design – the Architects website

Building Design – the Architects website

by Mike Oades 5 October 2007

What looks like a stripey, tactile pear nestles gently in the sand dunes at Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire. Nearby, an ornate hut-sized mirror offers reflections of the sea. On the promenade is a giant glass of gin and tonic. What’s going on?

This was the lively scene at the Bathing Beauties Festival, an annual event that this year showcased a series of permanent new beach huts designed by artists, architects and designers. These are the pick of 240 entries to a competition, organised earlier this year by artist Michael Trainor, to challenge the traditional form of the popular seaside structure.

They certainly did that. Three are on show, with two more planned for next year’s event. Hutspotters needed to look hard to find them: they are scattered around various coastal locations near Mablethorpe, a small town between Cleethorpes and Skegness.

One of the most intriguing pieces was Eyes Wide sHut — they all had rather special names — by Feix & Merlin, which snuggles up against a row of rather oriental-looking, asbestos-roofed beach huts in the Trusthorpe area of Mablethorpe.  This hut addressed and literally mirrored both the coast and the rural hinterland within a large ornate black picture frame. The frame slides to one side revealing a sylvan-scened interior and gold chandelier. Meanwhile, Trainor’s own hut, Come Up and See Me — a giant-sized gin and tonic glass — brings a touch of class to the promenade adjacent to the fun fair and cafés.

Proceedings could be observed from a mock-up of Mablethorpe Camera Obscura, the beach hut designed by Willett & Patteson which will be built permanently next year. Jabba, a beautifully made and tactile, pear-shaped vessel by I-am Associates, occupies arguably the most daring location — alone among the dunes north of the town.

As well as the new beach huts, there were performances and exhibitions in and around the promenade, notably Ladies of the Waves — synchronised swimming on land — and the Elbow Orchestra.

This all went down very well with the public during the festival weekend as crowds of holidaymakers, locals and hut tourists mingled on the prom on what would have been an otherwise quiet Saturday at the end of September. In a rare display of public attention to architecture, people were eager to know more about the concepts behind the designs.

Sadly, festivalgoers were deprived of A Hut for Gazing and Canoodling by We Made That, which was withdrawn in spite of council support due to local hysteria about the proposal. Its mildly risqué nature was obviously too much for the neighbouring village of Chapel St Leonards.

One other hut failed to make it on time, but Trainor should be applauded for a competition that actually resulted in the winning schemes being built without compromise to the original designs.

Bathing Beauties is part of a broader urban regeneration strategy for the Lincolnshire coast, with more beach huts planned for the coming year. But while art and architecture have an important role to play in this, any regeneration must rely on a larger, cohesive strategy to improve the infrastructure and help coastal towns to become less reliant on a short, seasonal influx of income and achieve more sustained growth.

The drive along the coast near Mablethorpe shows little evidence of this. But once you are there, you are reminded of the biggest attraction to the area of all, 30 miles of beautiful sandy beaches and dunes from Gibraltar Point to Cleethorpes. The added bonus now is the ability to view it all from a splendid new beach hut — all the new creations are available for hire.

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Greek Style garden shed from Folly by Design



Fancy a folly but lack the funds to commission or the expertise to build one?



An American firm, Folly by Design, has come up with the answer. They will sell you a set of plans to build a shed with a mock Roman, Egyptian or Greek front door. Plans start from $49.95 for a 6′ x 8′ frame structure. Technical assistance is available by phone or email. Customisation for an extra fee, and if you live in the New York metro area they can even arrange to build it for you. 

Here is the preamble from their website: 

Welcome to FollybyDesign. We offer the discriminating consumer an alternative to the outdoor shed by providing plans for the completion of a ruin or folly structure. The concept of a wooden shed with a false facade is based on the time-honored tradition of the English folly building. It is intended to offer the view a diversion in the landscape while providing a practical solution to outdoor storage and/or garden needs.  


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