Timber Works
When is a shed not a shed? When it’s an art space
26th June 2018

L Casswell Bank, Hauser & Wirth Somerset David Grandorge/East Bros

When is a shed not a shed? When it’s an art space

Gallery Hauser & Wirth Somerset held a competition for young architects to design an original out-building for use by creative practitioners taking part in the gallery’s residency programme.

The winning entry in the gallery’s Shed Project competition, entitled ‘The Garden Rooms’, was designed by Alex Bank of Casswell Bank Architects. The main species chosen was locally-grown Larch, with interior features in Oak, both sourced by Timber Trade Federation members East Brothers Timber.

Larch was used for the structure and the cladding. It is durable without preservative treatment for use outdoors. The internal room featured strongly figured Oak for the integrated desk, window, ledge and peephole.

The Oak for the desk received an extra fuming process, producing a dark finish which highlights the medullary rays within the timber. The contrast between the rough-sawn Larch and the treated Oak added to the aesthetic.

Local timber sourcing is important to many architects and, where it is possible, adds to the environmental and design story of the building. In preparing British-grown Larch, however, it is important to use the wood science knowledge of timber suppliers like East Brothers Timber.

To fulfil the client’s needs, East Brothers ensured the timber was cut at a longer length than required, then kiln-dried and re-sawn to straighten it, and skim-planed to the finished size. Cutting shorter lengths of Larch would have been counterproductive, as the species has a tendency to distort.


Timber sourcing

Timber merchant and sawmillers East Brothers, established in 1886, has built up relationships with local estate owners and the Forestry Commission, enabling it to offer and process a range of locally-sourced British timbers.

As a Timber Trade Federation Responsible Purchaser, East Brothers undertakes deep due diligence on its range of softwoods and hardwoods for architects, engineering and joinery customers. From Ash to Utile, East Brothers Timber ensures supplies of Timber you can Trust.


Project Info

Location: The Garden Rooms, Durslade Farm, Somerset, England
Architect: Casswell Bank Architects
Wood Supplier: East Brothers
Main Wood Species: Larch, Oak


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