The Festival of Architecture PRESENTS – The Ideal Hut Show

The Ideal Hut Show launches its tour at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on Saturday 30 April and runs there until 30 May, the quirky installation includes 18 garden sheds, transformed by top architects and designers from across the UK including Kelpies designer Andy Scott and Benedetta Tagliabue of Miralles Tagliabue, architects of the Scottish Parliament.  Other highlights include a tartan hut and an ‘exploded axonometric’ which is just as dramatic as it sounds.  The hut by the late David Mackay (1933 – 2014) is a very poignant reflection on the refugee crisis. 

The exhibition is a headline event of the Festival of Architecture and a key milestone in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.  From Edinburgh the exhibition will travel to Glasgow Botanic Gardens, then on to venues across Scotland, including Inverness, Dundee and Perth.

Edinburgh, RBGE: 30 April-30 May
Glasgow Botanic Gardens: 3-26 June
University of Dundee Botanic Garden: 2-26 July
Inverness Botanic Gardens: 30 July-28 August
Perth, King Edward Street, 10-25 September

 Neil Baxter, Secretary of The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, who curated the exhibition, commented:

 This exhibition shows what architects can do when confronted by a creative challenge and a very small budget. 15 of these huts are designed by architects, two by leading artists and one by our own, Dr Who obsessive, graphic designer. They have been built, brilliantly by Jim Bryceland and Peter Dickson, both renowned Scottish craftsmen in their own right. Creative Scotland has funded the tour. We hope the public will enjoy them as much as we have and that when they are auctioned off for charity at the end of the tour we raise shed loads of cash for charity (sorry for the pun!).”

 Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland's Director of Events said:

 Scotland’s 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design is shining a spotlight on some of Scotland’s greatest assets, as well as its unique hidden gems.  Here in Scotland, we have buildings that make people look up, streets steeped in history, textiles used by the world’s most famous fashion houses and vibrant public spaces.”

 The Ideal Hut Show is a unique and innovative way of reinventing the much-loved garden shed. Transformed by a range of architects, artists and designers – some of whom, have been paramount in shaping Scotland’s very own landscapes and skylines, the event will present an interesting new experience for visitors and locals in a number of locations across Scotland.”

 The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s Regius Keeper Simon Milne said:

“Even though we have some of Edinburgh’s finest buildings, spanning four centuries of architecture, there is always room in a garden for the humble and not so humble garden shed. It is a delight to be able to host the launch of the Festival of Architecture’s Ideal Hut Show at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh with a wonderfully quirky and fun exhibition that is bound to be a big hit with our visitors’’.

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