Myrtle Cottage Garden Studio

Stonewood Design, Conkwell, 2014

 

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A small studio in the garden of a cottage in Conkwell near Bath

The brief for the garden studio was to accommodate a small and discreet space for the residents of Myrtle Cottage, in the small woodland hamlet of Conkwell, on the outskirts of Bath.

When commencing the design process, the key driver to achieving the brief was to create a design which worked seamlessly with the natural forms and levels of the garden, in order that an architecture is created which is less of a building, and more of a landscape.

The intensive planted roof disappears into the flora of its surroundings. The walls become stone garden walls which retain the undulating level changes on the site.

Windows are located at key locations, to maximise views. Certain views are framed - to particular trees, or to the American Museum across the valley. The pod is clad in pre-patinated copper to blend with the natural colours of the landscape.

Internally soft, crafted materials line the surfaces, as elements of furniture. An oak lined storage wall incorporates a sofa bed, a wood burner, and cupboards.

Behind the oak wall a wet-room is lined in copper, and incorporates bespoke concrete sanitary ware.

A sprinkling of woodland light is cast onto the internal surfaces of the garden studio, from discreet rooflights above. These also frame high level views of the trees overhead.

Data

  • Begun: Jul 2013
  • Completed: Feb 2014
  • Floor area: 22m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £150,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Apr 2013
  • Procurement: JCT intermediate building contract, traditional procurement
  • Address: Myrtle Cottage, Conkwell, BA15 2JF , United Kingdom

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