Elegant cork-clad artists studio slots into a bijou London garden

December 8, 2017 by  
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A lovely little space has popped up in a north London garden as a shared workspace for a musician and seamstress couple. Cork Study—named after its sustainable cork cladding—is the work of design studio Surman Weston , also known for another charming backyard studio they built in 2014 . Large glass panes and a minimalist approach make the workspace feel surprisingly spacious despite its small 13-square-meter footprint. Surrounded by brick walls and greenery, Cork Study is slotted into a narrow garden with a small amount of clearance on either side. The architects wrapped the boxy volume in beautiful pale cork cladding that provides weatherproofing as well as thermal and acoustic insulation. The thick cork and the wildflower sedum roof help blend the building into the landscape. A large skylight and glazed oak-framed sliding pocket door bathe the interior in natural light. Birch plywood lines the interior and is also used for the custom furnishing that’s cantilevered off the walls. A central vertically oriented window divides the shared desk unit into two. Related: WSD Architecture’s Tiny Writer’s Studio is a Glowing Fairy-tale Haven in London “As a whole, the scheme is a very sustainable project. Timber internal linings, an all timber structural frame and the wild-flower sedum roof are used in conjunction with the fantastically sustainable cork cladding. Formed from the re-harvestable bark of cork-oak trees, the innovative expanded cork blocks are completely additive free and significantly carbon negative .” The Cork Study was shortlisted for a RIBA London Award 2017. + Surman Weston Photography: Wai Ming Ng

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Bamboo grove creates an oasis of calm atop a busy Chinese mall

December 8, 2017 by  
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A bamboo “forest” wraps around this unique oasis-like space hidden atop a Chinese shopping mall. Beijing-based V STUDIO designed the Bamboo Rooftop Room, a minimalist, all-white space for a client who wanted an intimate space for business and leisure purposes. Designed as a quiet refuge, the rooftop project stands in purposeful contrast to the bustling urban landscape. Located on the eastern end of the roof , the 220-square-meter Bamboo Rooftop Room consists of a glazed rectangular volume enclosed by a high wall for privacy. Set against a white backdrop, bamboo planted around the main volume gives inhabitants the illusion of being in a bamboo forest. Gaps between the wall and main volume are used as private courtyards and allow indirect natural light to reach the interior. Related: Giant bamboo planters protect a Ho Chi Minh City home from the sun and rain To emphasize the project’s oasis-like character, the all-white interior is kept minimalist. Furnishings are made from timber and upholstered in fabrics of muted colors, while views of the bamboo grove can be enjoyed through full-height glazing from every room. The interior is split into meeting spaces of varying sizes with a kitchen and dining room at the core. A bedroom is located on the east side. + V STUDIO

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Studio Sprout’s backyard greenhouse combines stylish form with fabulous function

September 21, 2015 by  
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This lush, green backyard office is a dream artist’s studio hidden in a San Francisco garden

April 13, 2015 by  
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120 Sq Ft Small Studio Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood Chills in Sunny California

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Rotunda Living’s Tiny Eco-Friendly Roundhouses Are Inspired by Yurts

January 4, 2013 by  
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Rotunda Living , a new small house builder in the UK, has developed a range of small, contemporary roundhouses that would be perfect for a holiday getaway or a backyard studio. The structures are similar to yurts, but with solid walls. Founder Gemma Roe plans to use locally-sourced materials and support a UK supply chain without compromising on quality and beauty. ”I just don’t think there are enough Roundhouses around nowadays,” says Roe. ”The rectilinear world is frustratingly dull and I just want to provide people with the opportunity to step into another environment for once to experience something a little magical.” + Rotunda Living The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: backyard studio , circular house , eco construction , eco-friendly structures , fsc certified , Gemma Roe , green architecture , housing , local materials , rotunda , Rotunda Living , Roundhouse , tiny homes , tiny house , UK , Yurt

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eDEN Garden Rooms are Energy-Efficient Structures for Your Back Yard

November 13, 2012 by  
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Garden offices offer a great solution for people who work from home and small business owners who are squeezed for space. eDEN Garden Rooms , a UK company that specializes in designing and building small, stand-alone offices and studios, has recently completed several garden rooms. The structures have a low environmental impact, and they provide homeowners with a great workspace, reducing the need to travel to and from the office. Read the rest of eDEN Garden Rooms are Energy-Efficient Structures for Your Back Yard Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , backyard office , backyard studio , EDEN , Eden Garden Rooms , energy efficient structures , energy efficient windows , England , garden office , garden studio , green structure

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Garden offices offer a great solution for people who work from home and small business owners who are squeezed for space. eDEN Garden Rooms , a UK company that specializes in designing and building small, stand-alone offices and studios, has recently completed several garden rooms. The structures have a low environmental impact, and they provide homeowners with a great workspace, reducing the need to travel to and from the office. Read the rest of eDEN Garden Rooms are Energy-Efficient Structures for Your Back Yard Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , backyard office , backyard studio , EDEN , Eden Garden Rooms , energy efficient structures , energy efficient windows , England , garden office , garden studio , green structure

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Garden offices offer a great solution for people who work from home and small business owners who are squeezed for space. eDEN Garden Rooms , a UK company that specializes in designing and building small, stand-alone offices and studios, has recently completed several garden rooms. The structures have a low environmental impact, and they provide homeowners with a great workspace, reducing the need to travel to and from the office. Read the rest of eDEN Garden Rooms are Energy-Efficient Structures for Your Back Yard Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , backyard office , backyard studio , EDEN , Eden Garden Rooms , energy efficient structures , energy efficient windows , England , garden office , garden studio , green structure

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TimberTower: The World’s First Wooden Wind Turbine Erected in Germany

November 13, 2012 by  
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According to a Department of Energy report released in August,  roughly $14 billion was invested in the wind industry last year, which accounts for a 32 percent increase in U.S. generating capacity and supports roughly 75,000 full-time jobs in 43 states. While all that clean energy is a great thing, wind turbines aren’t as green as you may think. Currently, more steel is being used in the wind energy industry than in shipbuilding. Making steel requires enormous amounts of energy, is expensive, and releases harmful CO2 into the atmosphere. That’s why a German company called TimberTower is experimenting with a new turbine design – the company recently celebrated the installation of the world’s first wooden wind turbine tower in Hanover, Germany. TimberTower says the turbine will sequester 400 tons of CO2 while generating clean, renewable energy . Read the rest of TimberTower: The World’s First Wooden Wind Turbine Erected in Germany Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon emissions , germany , hanover , steel , TimberTower , wind energy , wind turbine tower

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