With the pandemic, having a place outside the house to breathe outdoors has become a desire for many people. Each one with its demand, building a cabin in the garden to work, write, make art, play, meditate or simply relax and be closer to nature sounds like luxury and a dream of consumption.
That’s why, all over the world, studios or garden huts exploded, small structures installed to handle some activity that required space, privacy and a place outside the house, although very close to it.
Some projects stand out for their simplicity, natural materials and uncomplicated architecture. Others are more technological, daring and even extravagant. No matter the style, it’s worth conquering a corner tailored to your needs. So if you live at home, take advantage of these ideas for inspiration.
1. Garden office in Germany
Built in brick by studio Wirth Architekten, this garden office in Lower Saxony works like everything from a parking space to a dining room.
Its façade also has large oak wooden doors and perforations in the red masonry that naturally ventilate and illuminate the interior.
2. Writers Studio in Scotland
WT Architecture created this small garden studio for two writers outside their Victorian home in Edinburgh. The building features a low brick base and an exposed wood and steel structure, designed to be visually simple and echo a dilapidated greenhouse that previously occupied the site.
3. Ceramic Studio in the USA
Nestled among trees and accessed by a wooden bridge, this shed is used as a studio and exhibition space for potter Raina Lee. It was created by Lee with her partner, architect Mark Watanabe, from an existing structure in her backyard in Los Angeles.
The ceramic pieces are displayed on shelves made from the reuse of transport boxes and branches from the surrounding trees.
4. Artist studio in England
This artist’s studio was one of two pavilions that architectural firm Carmody Groarke created in the garden of a house in rural Sussex.
The workspace occupies the brick walls of a dilapidated 18th-century farmhouse that has been extended with weathered steel panels that frame large windows and create an outdoor shelter.
5. Photo studio in Japan
A wooden frame supports corrugated plastic walls in the open-plan photography studio FT Architects created in Japan.
Its unusually shaped roof was designed to maximize open space and minimize structural elements that might interfere with the photographer’s work.
6. Garden room in England
The shape and color of an artichoke were among the visual influences in this garden room, which Studio Ben Allen covered with green tiles. Its interior has space to work, receive guests or serve as a shelter for children to play.
Constructed from a flat-pack kit of CNC-cut wooden elements, the structure can be easily dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere if its owners move.
7. Writing shed, Austria
A light-filled writing studio sits on the upper level of this black wooden shed, which Franz&Sue architects created by retrofitting a 1930s outhouse near Vienna.
Accessed through a brass hatch, the space features a glass opening, upholstered seating and sleeping area. It can also be used as a guest room or leisure space.
8. Studio to relax in England
Aptly named Forest Pond House, this studio is suspended over a body of water hidden in the garden of a family home in Hampshire.
The structure features a curved plywood hull with a glazed end wall, which the TDO studio incorporated to immerse occupants in nature and help them relax and focus.
9. Art studio in Greece
A curved concrete shell surrounds this Boeotia art studio, designed by A31Architecture for an artist, in an area adjacent to his home.
Accessed by a wooden door within a glassed-in entrance, it has a spacious open-plan interior to allow the owner to build large sculptures. Floating steps on one side lead to the mezzanine where the artist stores his works.
10. Home office in Spain
This wooden office in Madrid is a prototype of Tini, a prefabricated structure designed to be ordered online and delivered to the back of a truck.
Architectural studio Delavegacanolasso developed the project to be constructed from galvanized steel, OSB boards and local pine wood. To avoid damage to the site, the structure reached the garden with the help of a crane.
* Via Dezeen