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Six Garden Sanctuaries For the Modern-Day Thoreau

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Sometimes, no matter how palatial the digs, lofty the ceilings, or outrageous the mortgage, there's not a single square foot at home to find honest-to-goodness peace. But here's one solution: backyard sheds and studios begging to be meditation chapels, novel-writing cubbies, and isolated work sanctuaries. It's practically like living as Henry David Thoreau, but, you know, with Wi-Fi. OK, most people aren't able to foot a glass-enclosed oasis like the lakeside garden shed above, but what's life without a little aspiration, right? Designed by Helsinki-based architect Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth, the structure even has a storage unit around the back for actual garden shed necessities. More tiny havens, below.

? Here's another studio space just right for some alone time: the Hackney Shed by Office Sian is a low-budget, one-person workspace made from from oak and outfitted with modern necessities.

? To create the so-called Wall of Zudaji, 403 Architecture masterfully cobbled together materials left over from other projects, giving the hut the warm, handcrafted vibe that makes it an ideal office or clubhouse.

? Feeling the squeeze of two small children underfoot, Canadian architect Kevin Deevey created a refuge in a shady patch of his backyard. The 100-square-foot glass box is large enough for a computer and drawing table, but not much else, and it seems that's exactly the point.

? This garden shed, called "The Stockroom," looks just about the perfect place to uncork a fine bottle—Hemingway said to "write drunk, edit sober," and why question it?—and do some creative word-doodling. Composed entirely of Champagne bottles and wood planks, the tiny sanctuary, designed by Véronique Maire, derives its construction method from old stockpiling techniques for wine bottles.

? And finally, the Walden-iest hut on this list is an Oregonian outpost by Portland-based designer Ryan Lingard. The Signal Shed's setting in an isolated wilderness preserve—it doesn't get more Thoreau than that—could mean hours of focus and productivity. Or, conversely, lots of idle tippling. Anybody's call, really.

· Garden Shed by Ville Hara and Linda Bergroth [Dezeen]
· The Hackney Shed by Office Sian [Architizer]
· The Wall of Zudaji by 403architecture [Dezeen]
· The Manhut by Kevin Deevey [Kevin Deevey]
· The Stockroom by Veronique Maire [Me Design Mag]
· Signal Shed by Ryan Lingard Design [Arch Daily]