Having an ideal space to work can make all the difference for creatives, and design studio Surman Weston knows it. The U.K.-based firm has made a habit of creating cool backyard studios, including this one. Cork Study is a 140-square-foot structure built as a shared workspace for a musician and a seamstress in north London.
The one-room building was artfully placed in the rear of the back garden. Its exterior is covered in cork panels, a material that not only provides weatherproofing and a sweet aesthetic, but also serves as acoustic soundproofing. The building’s roof is planted with wildflower sedum.
Inside, the room is paneled in pale plywood, with a built-in desk and shelf system taking up one wall. A plate glass door, small window, and large skylight bring in ample natural light.