The project was won following a national 2-Stage Architecture Competition to design a garden room at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.
The leaf room is inspired from a natural form helping to connect the building to the garden it serves. The proposed building replicates this natural form with a leaf shaped roof overhanging a rectangular shaped room underneath.
The building will be constructed primarily in Natural Scottish Timber: the main structure being Douglas Fir columns supporting a large primary beam (main leaf stem) with supporting rafters (leaf veins). The external walls will be highly insulated traditional timber frame construction with Scottish Larch cladding finish. The roof above (leaf blade) is basically an oval shape tilted on one end then folded down at either side of its central axis, and is supported wholly by the column and rafter structure as opposed the main walls of the room. The roof shape lends itself to water collection at both sides of the roof for gardening use.
This allows the main room to be inserted underneath in a regular rectangular shape which will not only be economical to build, but will also allow various functions to happen inside: a living room, a garden retreat, a community presentation/talk, an educational training facility etc.
Large folding sliding doors at the corner will fold away to allow the corner to become fully opened – seamlessly blending the interior with the exterior. The decking outside will be a continuation of the timber flooring inside further assisting in this illusion/connection between inside and out and helping people inside the building connect to the garden. The corner window will not only connect the room with the garden, but will look out to the nearby Maggie’s Centre.
The proposal is innovative, exciting, fully realistic and buildable; and will sit comfortably in the garden space it occupies, creating a strong connection between building and garden. It is hoped that the new room will be a fantastic addition to the excellent existing community garden.