When it comes to clothing or luxury cars, fashionable design is a major part of buyer expectations. Yet Treehugger has found an example of a much more utilitarian object that has benefitted from an emphasis on design.
German designer Nils Holger Moormann created a multi-use shed called Walden – a name that invokes Henry David Thoreau’s classic work of transcendentalism (although whether the reference was intentional is unclear).
If Thoreau was a modern hipster, he would definitely enjoy this shed. It includes compartments for storing everything from gardening tools to a grill. There’s even a built-in birdhouse and a ladder that leads to an upper level, for better views.
All of this is crammed into a shape that is tall but narrow, like an outdoor bookshelf. That means it will take up less space, while looking quite different from the average outbuilding.
Most sheds don’t include space to sit and enjoy a meal, either. In fact, Walden might be too nice to use simply for storing dirty tools and supplies. It might function better as an outdoor sculpture.