Photographer shoots his own house: Ed's Shed by David Adjaye



Photographer Ed Reeve has sent us a set of photos he took of the house that architect David Adjaye designed for him in London.


The entire project, called Ed's Shed, is documented on the website Reeve has set up.



















Posted on Tuesday October 16th 2007 at 7:23 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • rodger

    a nice project in many ways, but sometimes adjaye’s minimalism, in this project at least, is just that, bland and not at all abstract. the living room shot shows this, as do the shots of the bedroom and stair. the living room window detail… ew.
    there is plenty about this project that is poorly detailed. blah.

  • Mattia Nuzzo

    I absolutely agree with you Roger. I’m continually surprised by the all of the press Adjaye has received over the past couple of years. Beyond the Nobel Peace Center, I’ve failed to see what all the fuss is about. As you said, bland and poorly detailed are the operative words in this case. For truly stunning minimalism I’d take Vincent Van Duysen, Claudio Silvestrin, or John Pawson over Adjaye any day.

    • Ayo Bepo

      It could be an ordinary piece to others and a masterpiece to many. We have different perspective and to have won awards means he’s done remarkably well. As long as a design satisfies “functionality” and “practicality”… it’s aesthically pleasing.

  • Reminds me of the Zollverein School in Essen/Germany done by SANAA/Tokyo. Apart from the dimensions and color it has a strikingly similar look I would say.

  • wim w.

    really don.t understand all the fuss around Adjaye. He is totaly over-rated… good marketing?

  • Marina

    Apart from the erratically placed windows, there is nothing in this that qualifies as “strikingly similar” to SANAA’s Zollverein School.

  • Much of Adjaye’s talent is in the detail – notswithstanding his minimalism is one born out of context. I feel he is a very intelligent architect caught within a media frenzy

  • carla

    Oh, c’mon, the house is gorgeous! Where would you rather live: there or in a converted Victorian House? I know which one I’d pick… Clean design like this is really hard to get right and this house has a lovely feel about it.

  • CMW

    nice house, the details don’t bother me a bit. i like the door that opens to the patio. but the furniture has to go. everything but the table.

  • archigirl

    yeah, i say!!

    i like the everything-in-the-cube idea. i am not an expert at all, but i like the house.

  • Doug

    What do you do to feel a breeze? Most of the windows look non-operable, though I do see what looks like a ventilation panel. Adjaye is very talented as far as space and flow (and composition), seems a mistake to stylize the practical elements.
    As to the quality of the work: this project is better designed than 95% of what is published. I’d wager the budget is miniscule compared to stunningly expensive pawson, silvestrin, and van duysen

  • moro

    CONGRATULATIONS, muy buena adaptacion al ambiente, y diseño comodo, y creativo att FERNANDO GARCIA, UNET. tachira VENEZUELA

  • whaoo !! superbe maison !

  • Ashley

    I hate the claustrophobic dark hallways around the house.

  • tom the builder

    looks nice as a concept, but practacally speaking i would agree that a couple of ventillation windows and one opening skylight is not enough!
    most houses have far too many dust particles wafting around that have nowhere to go without good ventillation, i would need an opener in the bedroom.
    i do find this amount of minimalism to be to rather impersonal as well.
    not what i’d want for my personal space.
    i wonder how long timber decked walls will fair in the british climate as well.
    also i i reckon he’s going to get some leaks around those frameless windows, they are a nightmare to seal.
    feel sorry for the builder who had to make the dream a reality.

  • Yaya

    Adyaje is a master. Very cool stuff.

  • Darkroom

    This is true masterpiece in comparison to anything Mr (I haven’t even a degree in Architecture and have simply made a killing by hiding everything behind a sheet of white MDF) Pawson!
    This is a modern, intelligent and sublime interpretation of the way we live today. Well done David.

  • Kirk

    I’ve been to see this house and was even given a tour by the owner, and yes there were a few interior details which could have been better. but overall it is a really nice house which by all acounts met the clients requests. I think the most striking thing for me was the sence of privacy one enjoyed while being in the centre of london wwhile getting loads of natural light (a theme which is constant in Adjaye’s work) And there are ventilation panels big ones as well as small ones designed so they can’t be seen when closed.

  • mariana

    less is more.

  • Scott

    Look at the building in context to its surroundings, the first few images and i think it looks great in London

  • I am curious how the window to skylight detail is working considering that there seems to be zero slope on the skylight portion. I imagine that water would pool up there and create a potential leaking hazard and the water could stain the glass over time. Any input team Dezeen?

  • Sam

    Considering the photos are taken by a ‘photographer’, I can’t help but feel the majority of photos are poorly and unevenly exposed?

  • Ayo Bepo

    To be sunken it requires conceptualisation and to conserve space to achieve something practical and functional deserves a bit of recognition and hard work.

    You don’t see such design quite often, especially in modern Britain where people want a country home with alluring landscapes and a bit of history. And wood has its strength and is also durable… with winter it will last long, lol.

  • Leandro Llorente

    Architects choosing to live in aquariums?