The weird and wonderful imaginations of the UK’s top architects and designers will be revealed in a quirky art installation taking shape in Perth.
An array of sheds – all with their own personal stamp – have begun to appear in King Edward Street.
Perth is the penultimate venue on the Ideal Hut Show’s tour of Scotland, one of the highlights of the Festival of Architecture 2016, which has captured the public imagination wherever it has been staged.
The striking ‘pimped-up’ garden sheds will be on display from Saturday until September 25.
The installation of 18 garden sheds have been transformed by some well-known names including Kelpies sculptor Andy Scott and Benedetta Tagliabue of Miralles Tagliabue (architects of the Scottish Parliament).
Other highlights include a tartan hut and an ‘exploded axonometric’ which the organisers claim is every bit as dramatic as it sounds. The hut by the late, Barcelona-based, David Mackay is a poignant reflection on the refugee crisis.
The Perth show will also feature a new and unique hut design by the renowned international fashion designer and entrepreneur, Wayne Hemingway of Red or Dead fame , who it has just been announced has been appointed technical adviser to the Perth City Development Board.
Curator of the Ideal Hut Show, Neil Baxter, explained the thinking behind the project.
“The Ideal Hut Show challenged architects, artists and designers to transform a very basic, very familiar structure,” he said.
“Having international architects of the calibre of Ian Ritchie CBE and Jane Duncan PPRIBA showing alongside young and innovative Scottish architects is tremendous.
“Wayne Hemingway has a great sense of fun and, like the other international artists who have contributed, he has embraced the idea with gusto.
“This is a major public exhibition which has toured Scotland throughout this very special year. We are delighted that it has been so well received.”