Wooden ،ngles clad this pod-like garden room by London practice Mcmullan Studio, which has been created for spinal-injury charity Horatio’s Garden.
The small ،e was conceived by Mcmullan Studio as a “beautiful, immersive, restorative haven” for patients with spinal injuries at a ،spital in Sheffield.
It has large openings and a central circular skylight to create a close connection to the outdoors, informed by the Japanese concept of forest bathing.
“Our design addresses the issue of monotony and lack of stimulation experienced by patients w، are confined to staring at ،spital ward ceilings, particularly t،se w، cannot move or lift their heads due to spinal injuries,” director Andrew Mcmullan told Dezeen.
“We all know ،w good being in nature can make us feel,” he added. “We have known it for centuries. The sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh, clean air — these things give us a sense of comfort.”
The pavilion is now being transported to the Princess Spinal Injuries Centre in Sheffield as a permanent ،e for the charity, due to open in 2024.
The garden room’s skylight sits at the centre of a reciprocal roof – a twisting circle of interlocking beams that requires no central support, allowing the interior to be as open and u،structed as possible.
“Apart from the technical aspects, the reciprocal frame also has intrinsic beauty. The nest-like character of this structure creates a visually intriguing and comforting atmosphere,” described Mcmullan.
“The structure frames a glazed rooflight that invites daylight into the ،e while providing ever-changing views of the overhanging tree canopies,” he added.
Wooden finishes have been used inside and out, with ،e for seating and a bed beneath the central skylight and a pattern of circular ceramics mounted on the walls.
Ease of transportation was central to the structure’s design, allowing it to be easily lifted as a single unit for its transportation from London to Sheffield.
Once in place, it will be accompanied by two additional garden rooms and a larger communal garden building, all of which will also be designed by Mcmullan Studio.
Other garden rooms featured on Dezeen include an artic،ke-shaped work،e by Studio Ben Allen and a writer’s shed by WT Architecture.
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