The Garden Museum
The most iconic symbol of British horticulture is the garden shed. Our concept - ‘not a decorated shed’ - builds on the work completed by Pentagram for the Garden Museum’s brand identity, using 4 separate shed structures to represent the different seasons and the ever changing living garden. These include; 1. Gatekeeper’s Shed (Spring); 2. Rosie Lee’s Shed (Summer); 3. Tradescant’s Shed (Autumn); and 4. Grower’s Shed (Winter).
Our proposal creates a new gateway to the Garden Museum using the garden shed as a recognisable beacon that entices visitors in.
Made up of 3 sheds and a glasshouse, we have developed a vision that provides the museum and Lambeth Council with the infrastructure to develop a verdant community garden. Our sheds will provide much needed secure tool storage, a safe place for gardeners to change, a quiet area for tea breaks, a space for local community groups, and a new symbol for the Garden Museum – attracting new visitors and local residents to enjoy St Mary’s Gardens.
As part of our competition entry we have met and discussed the site issues with the head gardener of the museum, and have made each shed graffiti proof and protected against unwanted vandals.
Our proposal is simple, robust, and easy to maintain. Made from upcycled materials, each shed is affordable, easy to erect, and easily repaired if damaged. They symbolise the best of British horticulture - inventive, home-grown, and beautiful.
We would love the opportunity to develop the sheds alongside Dan Pearson and the Garden Museum to create a unique and eye-catching community garden.