The Garden Studio

Studio Mark Ruthven, London, 2010


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The Garden Studio 

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The studio was designed to serve as a space for relaxation, treatment and exercising for a client who is physically challenged.

This small building is set at the bottom of a leafy garden in West London and benefits from the backdrop of historic Chiswick Park, over the rear garden wall.

Developed as a gym and spa, the studio also benefits from sauna and steam rooms, change/shower facilities, and a small discreet kitchen set behind large sliding panels.

The wall panels are clad with large full-cover photographic image of a forest that reflects the backdrop of mature trees in Chiswick Park. The sliding photographic mural compliments the range of natural materials selected to reinforce the calming interior. All of this is crowned with two large roof lights to enable gazing up at the trees while floating in the spa bath.

Set in a newly designed garden landscape, the studio boasts a ‘Green Pedigree’ with its thick walls of shredded recycled newspaper insulation, all set under a lovely sedum roof.


  • Begun: Oct 2009
  • Completed: Mar 2010
  • Floor area: 65m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £178,500
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works
  • Address: 93 Park Road, London, W4 3ER, United Kingdom

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  • Suppliers of sliding panels: Limited
  • Spa bath supplier: Teuco