The innovation is not in the design, materials or systems, but in the location: HUT Architecture has transplanted a typology – the suburban garden shed – from its rural setting to the city center (in this case: London).

“With a sliding glass roof, solar panels, wood-burning stove and sheep’s wool insulation the building takes ideas from both hide-away tree houses and the suburban garden shed, providing nothing more or less than is required for an urban sanctuary.”

The result is a clean and modern but cozy and homey space that could be an autonomous micro-dwelling in dense urban areas, or a simple home extension leading out to a rooftop deck.

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It borrows from non-urban vernacular, but fits the context of cities quite well – we are used to seeing small outcroppings on the tops of buildings, for general roof access, storage or elevator shafts.