Gluckman Smith’s Garden Room proposal was shortlisted in Hauser and Wirth Somerset’s The Shed Competition; a new contemplative retreat for Somerset’s artist-in-residence. Their programme encourages an immersive experience, the artist within the folds of the idyllic surroundings and pioneering world-class gallery. The proposal’s offerings aim to do much the same through structure, materials and space.
The Garden Room’s structure features as a new independent figure within the garden, made visually separate from the ‘host’ Maltings building by an external garden space. Features include bench seating, stone paving and flower beds which wrap around the new structure to create a ‘garden island’.
The design overtly converses with the surrounding landscape. The structure is formed of a lightweight timber frame clad in dark stained pinewood, with a continuous strip of low-level glazing concentrating on the flower beds. The glazing announces the artist’s occupancy to the public as they meander through the grounds, and gives the structure a light, floating quality. Upon entering the space, the organisation encourages contemplative and creative activities.
The Garden Room furthers the unique and universally acknowledged invitation to the art world to enjoy the countryside, as well as the city.