Sliding walls move to create various layouts inside Garden House by Caspar Schols

By Dezeen
2016-10-18 1,321,168 543
Wooden walls move along runners to reveal the inner glass shell of this gabled garden shed in Eindhoven, designed and built by Caspar Schols as a hobby space for his mother.

Schols designed the pavilion with no formal architecture training after his mother asked for a pavilion that could be used for dinner parties with friends, theatre performances by her grandchildren, painting and meditating.

The Garden House sits on the edge of a pond in Schols' parents' garden. It is made almost entirely of douglas fir wood and at first glance looks like a typical garden shed.

But Schols separated the inner beam-and-glass structure from the outer wooden walls and metal roof and set them on runners. The walls part in the middle and can be wheeled inwards and outwards to create different layouts.

"I was looking for a design with a lot of flexibility, if possible a design that has the flexibility of clothes," said Schols. "You should be able to get away with changing the layers of the house almost as easily as changing clothes when desired."

The pavilion contains a bed that lifts out of the structure's raised base and a small black wooden fireplace is set in the centre of the floor.

In inclement weather, the walls can be closed to create a warm and cosy shelter with outdoor terraces on either side.

As the weather gets warmer the outer shell is designed to be slid open to offer more light, leaving the inner glass shell to protect against any rain or wind. Doors on the east and west side of the house can be opened up to allow for a breeze.

In sunnier weather, this glass shell can be parted to create an outdoor living space in the centre, where the bed, fireplace and furniture are open to the elements.

"Think of how you can sleep under the stars, go sunbathing, have a barbecue party, or just relax and enjoy your freedom while being perfectly comfortable," said Schols.

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