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Low-cost backyard studio can host music recitals and guests


tiny house music studio in backyard All photos by Brett Boardman via M3Architecture

Tiny backyard dwellings are an easy way to add extra functionality to a property, whether that’s with an office, yoga studio, or in the case of this imaginative project in Newcastle, Australia: a music studio and recital stage that can also become a guesthouse when the sofa-bed is fully extended.

Designed by Australian firm m3architecture, the project lets a string instrument teacher move his classes and studio from a bedroom in the main house to its own space in the backyard. Though the architects went in with a limited budget—using economical materials like plasterboard and fiber cement for walls and cladding—the design is nonetheless inspired.

The structure, which has a 10-foot-plus ceiling for better acoustics, takes a page from Finnish modernist Alvar Aalto’s Finlandia Hall, merging a rectilinear white exterior with deep blue accents on the inside. The front facade, with its house-shaped porch, turns vernacular into an eye-catching modern stage.

“The result is a public building in a backyard; a fibro shed with international aspirations; a place for lessons, concerts or quiet contemplation,” the architects write in the project statement.

Via: Dezeen