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A Garden Studio that Floats in the Evening Light

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A glazed strip round the bottom of this garden studio’s wooden facade makes it appear to hover mysteriously above ground level – like a spaceship at the bottom of the garden.

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Ashton Porter Architects added the garden studio behind an existing Victorian semi-detached villa in London, in retrofitting both the house and the garden to accommodate a change in lifestyle to working at home.

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An new single storey detached studio workroom was built at the bottom of the garden, which makes it an enticing spot to get some work done after dinner, doesn’t it?

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The typically Victorian deep narrow site allowed for the creation of a courtyard deck between the two buildings for the retrofit that is one of two winners of New London Architecture‘s Don’t Move, Improve! award.

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Timber decking made for a low upkeep exterior area, suitable both for childrens’ play, and for adult meetings. Underneath, the  the hidden pump and filter system for an adjacent pond.

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A series of timber hatches lift to reveal a subterranean sandpit, a firepit and paddling pool with hot and cold plumbed water. The timber courtyard also houses a small circular lawn, in a nod to the concept of the more traditional London garden.

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The studio is suggestive of a typical garden shed, in its humble materials: simple stressed plywood insulated wall panels with timber cladding.

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The space between the two buildings transforms the garden into a courtyard.

From the house, it appears that an apparently solid wall ends the garden space, making the garden studio something of a secret getaway.

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The easy-care hard landscape timber surface changes from formal public landscape into a children’s play area.

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The office space is kept deliberately bland, focusing on the work to be done, and not the distraction of a charming garden space.

Typically home workers must battle disruption from the domestic environment.

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The unseen garden becomes a bridge that creates separation between living and working – but is also usable as a family space at weekends and evenings.

The work room suggests discipline and an orderly focus on work. The children are also able to use the computers as well as a layout surface for homework and quiet drawing or reading.

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