Prefab Garden Shed from Kekkilä Garden

by kate on January 9, 2012

Prefabricated or kit homes have a long, interesting history. One of the first companies to bring them to market was Sears Roebuck, who sold them through a mail order catalog in the early 1900s. Then there was a resurgence in the ’60s and ’70s, exemplified by this amazing prefab home designed by Jens Risom and featured in Life magazine in 1967.

In recent years, many architecture and design firms have been producing modern versions that utilize inexpensive, environmentally sustainable materials—which make the buildings great for commercial use, emergency housing in areas hit by natural disasters, and as affordable private residences. I’ve been a bit obsessed with them lately, and I had to share one of my new favorites: this garden shed by Ville Hara and Linda Bergroth for Kekkilä Garden.

Granted, with no heat or running water, this doesn’t really qualify as a feasible full-time residence. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a more magnificent or well-designed building for your backyard. This version, built for designer Linda Bergroth to be a summer retreat, has been modified with a wood-panel floor and solar panels to allow for the lighting element. But according to the site, the basic sheds—available in several sizes—come with ready made parts that need only a screwdriver for assembly.

I can imagine so many wonderful uses for these nifty prefab sheds. An Anthology team office perched somewhere in the redwoods perhaps? Sadly, it seems as if these are not yet available in the United States, but to find out more about the possibility of ordering a garden shed of your very own, you can contact Kekkilä directly here.

{All images via Architizer}

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