A backyard shed tends to be perceived as a rather humble structure for the use of ordinary people, not famous persons who people all around the world aspire to be. However there is quite a number of notoriously known persons whose backyard shed holds esteemed importance in their lives.
Roald Dahl wrote most of his popular children’s books in his backyard shed of which was dubbed his “writing hut’. He scared his children and his grandchildren into not disturbing him when he was in there by telling them it contained wolves.
George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw is a well known playwright, and is best known for plays such as Pygmalion. He wrote most of his plays on a typewriter in his backyard shed, which was on a turntable so he could move it according to the suns direction throughout the day.
The well-known ‘Goodie’ loves his backyard shed, having described it as “one of few places I feel secure.” He has turned it into his own private oasis and personal space.
The famous British artist and sculptor kept a bed in a small backyard shed at her home to take power naps in. This is now found at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Roger Waters from the band Pink Floyd turned his backyard shed into a recording studio, where he originated the demo tracks that became the bands album The Dark Side of the Moon.
The English comedian and artist admitted that he owns five different sheds in his backyard, as they give him a place to “take some time out to escape for an hour or two.”
Britten created some of the most beautiful and famous pieces of music heard in the 20th Century in his shed at home.
Phil Pullman is known to have used to only write his novels in his shed at home. He refused to have it cleaned, fearing it would disrupt the flow of his writing. When he moved into a different house he left the shed to the illustrator Ted Dewan on the condition that it would be used for creative work only.
Ten of the Most Amazing Airports in the World
Shenzen Bao’am China.
A long, tube-shaped airport that looks similar to a plane itself. The buildings white, hexagonal motif reappears all over the building, often as glass windows that let in an abundance of natural light.
2. Spaceport America.
An airport of a different kind, this building will be the first airport to send tourists into space. The low-rise building echoes its desert surroundings, a humble beginning for a cosmic journey.
3. Old Hong Kong Airport, China.
This incredible airport was centred right in the middle of a busy city, so planes had to navigate amongst the sky scrapers to land.
It made for some pretty amazing photographs.
4. Madeira Airport, Portugal.
This incredible landing strip rises out of the ocean on concrete posts. Built into the coastline, this airport is unlike any other.
5. London Britannia Airport.
A proposed airport to be built on an artificial island in the Thames. The airport would have cost 47 billion pounds to build, and will likely never come to exist.
6. Princess Juliana Airport, Sint Maarten.
This airport is famous for the low altitude aeroplanes that pass right over the nearby beach. It has become quite the tourist attraction to stand on the beach as enormous commercial airliners scream overhead.
7. Queen Alia International, Jordan.
Built from bubble-like dome roofing & extensive concrete interiors, this stark airport is unforgivingly functional, but also strangely beautiful.
8. Hong Kong International Airport.
This airport is breath-taking when seen from above – it covers an entire island & looks almost like a small city.
9. Gisborne Airport, NZ.
An airport with train tracks running right across the runway. The aeroplanes time their landings to avoid hitting passing trains.
10. Lyon-St Exupery Airport, France.
A double for amazing buildings, the airport has a futuristic circular terminal, and the famous ‘swooping bird’ building. Undeniably unforgettable.