Ideal Hut Show to open at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden

A quirky installation which transforms the much-loved garden shed, is to go on display at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden on July 2nd.

The Ideal Hut Show will showcase 18 garden sheds, renovated 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.

The exhibition is a headline event of the Festival of Architecture and a key milestone in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Other highlights include a tartan hut, an ‘exploded axonometric’ (which is just as dramatic as it sounds) and a hut by the late David Mackay (1933 – 2014) which is a very poignant reflection on the refugee crisis. 

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.”

“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.”

Visitors aged under 18 will receive free entry to the University of Dundee Botanic Garden throughout July and August while those over 18 will also benefit from this offer every Saturday until August 27th.