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Habilius

Organised by Hauser & Wirth Somerset, this competition for young designers sought to build a new studio space for artists in residence. We thought of the 'shed' as a place of retreat and our proposal became a space in which the user could hide, think and create. The structure itself is dynamic, adapting (habilius) to suit the needs of the occupant - light, volume and privacy. When empty, the structure goes into hibernation - the roof is lowered and light is limited. When in use, the roof is raised, increasing space and light via a simple counterweight system similar to that found in a traditional sash window.


Location: Bruton, Somerset

Client: Hauser & Wirth

Budget: £25,000