Backyard boltholes: three architecture firms shed light on the creative process
For the ultimate creative retreat, you need the perfect balance of seclusion and inspiration. Here’s our pick of three of the best.
Writer’s shed: In Hackney, architects Surman Weston & Deane shunned the prefabricated plans originally intended by its client in favour of ’Writer’s Shed’. Glowing by night between rows of Victorian terraces, the project uses slatted cedar to allow light to escape and includes a wood-burning fire.
Writer: Jeanette Farrell
As originally featured in the October 2015 issue of Wallpaper* (W*199)
Writer’s shed: Inside, the hut is perfectly writer-sized, with walls of shelving for books in progress
Boxed in: In Sufolk, Soup Architects hints at its clients’ family history in building construction with these two corrugated-iron-clad artist studios
Boxed in: Hidden among mature gardens, the corrugated iron structures are completely separate from the main house, offering a contemplative, tranquil escape
Canopy living: Meanwhile, nestled among ancient oak trees in Dorset woodland, this writer’s hut on stilts is the work of architect Nozomi Nakabayashi
Canopy living: With a sunken bed and windows at various heights to capture the ever-changing light, this hut is a sophisticated rural hideaway