To create this inexpensive garden shed in Belgium, architect Indra Janda handcut sheets of polycarbonate into 15¾-inch square shingles and clad the entire timber structure with a geometric, tesselated pattern. With a semi-transparent envelope, the gabled roof and walls take on a life of their own: The shed appears opaque during the day, and glows in the evenings when illuminated from inside.
An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot. Made of ipe, the structure slopes sharply skyward to create a secluded backyard getaway that feels like an extension of the living room.
A polychrome facade made of salvaged, 100-year-old barnwood gives this small, lofted cottage space its unique character. Its copper roof is also reclaimed, a lucky Craigslist find from a local remodel. Though the structure has a footprint of just 11' x 14', it provides a useful space to entertain, catch up on work, or relax.
In making this backyard fort for his children, a New Zealand architect riffed on toy building blocks and classic midcentury Case Study houses. The resulting structure is framed in timber and clad in alternating modules of stained plywood and colorful, semitransparent polycarbonate.
Architects Lester Rozario and Smruti Kamat carved a rectangle out of the pre-existing lot of a garden residence in Bangalore, India to create this backyard oasis. Drawing upon the Fibonacci series, a classic mathematical pattern that finds expression in nature, the sculptural wall alternates russet bricks and tan blocks in a one-one-two-three-five sequence.
A sustainable company, Studio Shed, offers quick-to-assemble backyard buildings that can function as a home office, practice space, or guest room. Each shed is customizable via the company's interactive online tool, and range from $120-150 per square foot.
Architect Jim Poteet helped Stacey Hill, who lives in an artists’ community in San Antonio, Texas, wrangle an empty steel shipping container into a structure that serves as a playhouse, garden retreat, and guesthouse for visiting creatives. Measuring a narrow and long 8 by 40 feet, it features floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows, heating and air-conditioning, a green roof, bamboo flooring and wallcovering, a small sink and shower, as well as a composting toilet.