Garden Studio

Moon Architecture, Bristol, 2013


Subscribe now to instantly view this image

Subscribe to the Architects’ Journal (AJ) for instant access to the AJ Buildings Library, an online database of nearly 2,000 exemplar buildings in photographs, plans, elevations and details.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

The studio entrance 

Marcus Newey (website)     Download Original

  • The studio entrance    
  • Studio and Garage    
  • The lift and slide door    
  • The studio interior    
  • Studio Interior    
  • The view back to the house    
  • Studio Rooflight    
  • Glass-art work    
  • Thrutone slate cladding    
  • Sliding door frame detail    
  • The cedar cladding and garage window    
  • Oak sleeper steps    
  • Garden Plan (Before)    
  • Garden Plan (after)    
  • Elevations (Before)    
  • Elevations (after)    
  • Studio and garage plans    
  • Roof plan and Section    
  • The garage and garden before     
  • Working Drawings    

Replacement of dilapidated concrete garage and creation of single storey art studio

The clients’ brief was to create a stand-alone garden studio to be used for making glass-art work. Moon re-built and extended the existing garage structure to create a new studio at the end of the garden to their Victorian terraced house in Bristol.

The building is split into two distinct volumes, the new studio and existing blockwork garage plinth at garden level being clad in fibre cement (Thrutone) slate with the street level garage above clad in vertical cedar boarding. The slate cladding both hides the unsightly blockwork behind and achieves a horizontal emphasis helping to reduce the perceived height of the building.

A large timber lift and slide door opens the studio up to the garden and looks out to the house beyond. A strip rooflight at the junction with the garage above provides views of the sky and floods the interior with more natural light.


  • Begun: Jan 2013
  • Completed: May 2013
  • Floor area: 32m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £48,000
  • Tender date: Oct 2012
  • Address: 36 Archfield Road, Cotham, Bristol, BS6 6BE, United Kingdom

Professional Team