Gorgeous Composting Shed Woven From Re-Bar By Groves-Raines Architects

Photos: Groves-Raines Architects

Who said composting bins have to be unimaginative, boring boxes? Taking composting to fancier heights is Scottish architecture firm Groves-Raines Architects (GRA), which designed this free-flowing composting and storage shed in Edinburgh. Made out of re-bar that's woven into an undulating form, the structure is open on one end to allow access, and is topped with a green roof. It may be just a shed, but its innovative design has earned it some surprising accolades and awards, internationally and at home.

According to Yatzer and the architects' website, re-bar was used for the structural framework which is manipulated into a "Hazel hurdle" basket weave, while Corten steel was employed for the roof:

Utilizing structural framework points, GRA defines locations to where the rebars bend and molds into these organic undulations that embrace a five ton boulder and creates a visual interest to the back of the garden. The spectacular structure is made of only industrial concrete reinforcing bars (re-bars) and constructed utilizing a technique similar to traditional willow weaving.

The weaving technique allows for sunlight to peep through, creating a beautiful interior atmosphere. At the same time, it provides the ventilation that is vital for the composting process.

The structure's eyeball-popping price ($35,847 US) may have secured it the status of "world's most expensive shed", but regardless, both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Scottish Design Awards actually shortlisted it for their awards last year -- showing that even something as lowly as a shed can aspire to lovely, forward-thinking design. And it's not that different from some of the sheds and workpods that we've covered over the years here, which double as workspaces or even living quarters.

As client Anna Guest explained to Urban Realm: "We try to make our art as purposeful as possible. It was a really dull corner and I didn't want to carry the tools up every night but I also wanted something to look the part."

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