Tetra-Shed: An office pod for your backyard (and more)
December 1, 2011
Now here's an exciting piece of design. At first glance the Tetra-Shed, designed by architect David Ajasa-Adekunle, looks like the ideal hypermodern outdoor studio for the hipster home-worker. That it may be, but the Tetra-Shed's modular design means that (space, money and imagination allowing) there's no limit to the number of units that can be connected together, literally opening up the Tetra-Shed to a vast array of possible uses.
The Tetra-Shed website suggests that two modules would make an ideal office for larger yards, while more extensive configurations could be used as classrooms, exhibition spaces or even retail. The product photos suggest that expansion is strictly limited to two dimensions, so those with their heart set on a Tetra-Shed tower may be disappointed (though perhaps that's just me).
A single module appears to seat two workers quite comfortably. Desks appear to be built into the modules as do windows (well, holes), with what seem to be fold-out panels in the wall forming sun shades and rain protection when opened outward. The apparent lack of window panes might post one or two practical challenges, but actually, the idea of being more in touch with the world around you is really rather tantalizing. One concern is what appears to be a lack of in-built cable containment. If Tetra-Shed's primary use is as an office, some in-built cable grommets and under-desk containment would be a nice addition.
Tetra-Sheds will be available in any RAL finish, which basically means any color you can envisage, or, if you really want to pimp your yard, in copper, zinc, COR-TEN steel or marine plywood-clad exteriors. Copper would look particularly stunning, but with today's prices you might also like to consider permanent armed security. Interiors can be lined with either birch faced plywood or plasterboard.