‘Tetra Shed’ by Innovation Imperative

Coming early 2012, ‘Tetra Shed‘ is a new modular building system which, as a single module, has been designed to be a modern garden office.

‘Tetra Shed’ is inspired by the growing need to accommodate the desires of more and more people wanting to establish a home office. The architects at Innovation Imperative designed this garden office as a challenge to the notion that a home office is simply a converted room in one’s house. It is an alternative solution to the “cuboid offices” that have grown in popularity over the last few years. This concept and mock-up will be on display at Grand Designs Live London between May 5th and May 13th.

First and foremost, ‘Tetra Shed’ is a modular system. It is developed using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) which addresses the growing need for the construction industry to comply with tighter schedules, stricter cost constraints and the need for materials and methods to be high performing and durable. The materials are simple: engineered timber clad with matte black rubber and lined with birch faced plywood. With other cladding colors and finishes available the ‘Tetra Shed’ is meant to be customizable and flexible. Other cladding materials include plywood, oak and metals such as zinc and copper.

The ‘Tetra Shed’ is modest in size and exceeds building regulations, making it suitable for year round use. Each shed has a footprint of 10m² with an internal floor area of 8m², comfortably fitting two people. The modules effectively become an extension to a living space. They may be used for work, as initially intended, but may also be rest or play spaces. ‘Tetra Shed’ designer David Ajasa-Adekunle says they may also be easily combined for public uses: classrooms, exhibition spaces, events, tourism, leisure and retail space.

The single garden offices start at £15,000. More information on ‘Tetra Shed’ at www.tetra-shed.co.uk.

Where to see it: Grand Designs Live London, sponsored by Direct Line, runs from Saturday 5th to Sunday 13th May 2012 at ExCeL London. Book tickets in advance and save £4, book online at www.granddesignslive.com, or call the 24 hour box office on 0844 854 1348 + kids 15 and under go free.