Lily’s Shed

Type: Shed
Date: 2023
Location: Armadale, Bunurong Country
With: –
Photographer: Rory Gardiner

Lily’s Shed is more than just a storage space for tools and equipment. It functions as a garden room of minimal shelter with a number of flexible uses. A series of sliding panels allow the space to operate with varying degrees of openness to both the existing garden and rear laneway.

The project responds to a typical inner and middle ring suburban condition throughout Melbourne where larger residential sites have generous gardens and rear lane access. These gardens, often with mature canopy trees, are increasingly being reduced to accommodate larger houses. The new shed replaces a dilapidated existing shed taking cues from its materiality and built form. This approach maintains the mature garden and its role as a loose divide between the shed and main house.

Lily’s shed is an example of a small space which can be used in a variety of ways while maintaining existing gardens. The design encourages a more diverse range of spaces (sheds, studios, offices, guest accommodation) within existing residential sites and dual entrances support these broader possibilities for access, use and tenancy.

Oscar Sainsbury Architects