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Archive Dive: 9 of Our Favorite Workspaces, Outbuilding Edition

Now that remote working seems like it’s here to stay, many of us are considering adding a permanent workstation to our homes. For those blessed with outdoor space, a freestanding structure can be a great way to separate work from home (especially if you have kids who like to make appearances in your Zoom meetings).

From the archives, here are nine of our favorite outdoor workspaces and studios:

This Backyard Room, designed by Australia’s ArchiBlox, is a great prefabricated solution if you don’t already have a shed or garage that can be converted; read about it here. Photograph courtesy of ArchiBlox.
Above: This Backyard Room, designed by Australia’s ArchiBlox, is a great prefabricated solution if you don’t already have a shed or garage that can be converted; read about it here. Photograph courtesy of ArchiBlox.
This light-filled work studio was designed by UK-based architecture firm Office Sian. The freestanding space, occupying a Hackney backyard, functions as both a home office and a library. See more in A Writing Shed in the Garden. Photograph courtesy of Office Sian.
Above: This light-filled work studio was designed by UK-based architecture firm Office Sian. The freestanding space, occupying a Hackney backyard, functions as both a home office and a library. See more in A Writing Shed in the Garden. Photograph courtesy of Office Sian.
This 11-square foot backyard studio, designed by Toronto architect Oliver Dang of Six Four Five A, is clad entirely in cedar wood for a unifying effect. See more in Family Affair: An Architect’s Work Studio in a Toronto Garden. Photograph by Ashlea Wessel courtesy of Six Four Five A.
Above: This 11-square foot backyard studio, designed by Toronto architect Oliver Dang of Six Four Five A, is clad entirely in cedar wood for a unifying effect. See more in Family Affair: An Architect’s Work Studio in a Toronto Garden. Photograph by Ashlea Wessel courtesy of Six Four Five A.
In San Francisco, a backyard shed is transformed into a 270-square-foot painter’s studio by firm Bach Architecture. See more in Before & After: A Tiny Backyard Painting Studio Transformed. Photograph by Mariko Reed.
Above: In San Francisco, a backyard shed is transformed into a 270-square-foot painter’s studio by firm Bach Architecture. See more in Before & After: A Tiny Backyard Painting Studio Transformed. Photograph by Mariko Reed.
This garage-turned-workspace in Santa Ynez, California, is outfitted with a wrap-around counter and pegboard walls. Designed by Dylan Henderson of Salt Architecture and Rita Donahoe of Rita Chan Interiors; See more in California Creative: A Ranch House Garage Turned Art Studio. Photograph by Gavin Cater of Cater Photography.
Above: This garage-turned-workspace in Santa Ynez, California, is outfitted with a wrap-around counter and pegboard walls. Designed by Dylan Henderson of Salt Architecture and Rita Donahoe of Rita Chan Interiors; See more in California Creative: A Ranch House Garage Turned Art Studio. Photograph by Gavin Cater of Cater Photography.
In Cape Cod, a tiny architect’s studio makes full use of its footprint, packing in two built-in desks and a loft bed reached by ladder. Designed by Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti of firm Machado Silvetti; See more in The Architects’ Studio on Cape Cod. Photograph by Matthew Williams.
Above: In Cape Cod, a tiny architect’s studio makes full use of its footprint, packing in two built-in desks and a loft bed reached by ladder. Designed by Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti of firm Machado Silvetti; See more in The Architects’ Studio on Cape Cod. Photograph by Matthew Williams.
A 1967 suburban horse stable was transformed into a work studio courtesy of Shed Architecture & Design in Seattle. See more in Before/After: A Stable to Work Studio Conversion in Kirkland, Washington; Photograph by Mark Woods, courtesy of Shed Architecture & Design.
Above: A 1967 suburban horse stable was transformed into a work studio courtesy of Shed Architecture & Design in Seattle. See more in Before/After: A Stable to Work Studio Conversion in Kirkland, Washington; Photograph by Mark Woods, courtesy of Shed Architecture & Design.
Sitting lakeside in Westport, Maine, this tiny writer’s studio doubles as canoe storage. Designed by firm Cheng + Snyder, the interior features walls of built-in bookcases and a wraparound desk. See more in Outbuilding of the Week: A 190-Square-Foot Writer’s Studio in Maine. Photograph courtesy of Cheng + Snyder.
Above: Sitting lakeside in Westport, Maine, this tiny writer’s studio doubles as canoe storage. Designed by firm Cheng + Snyder, the interior features walls of built-in bookcases and a wraparound desk. See more in Outbuilding of the Week: A 190-Square-Foot Writer’s Studio in Maine. Photograph courtesy of Cheng + Snyder.
This London writer’s shed–designed for an author and illustrator by firm Weston Surman & Dean (now Surman Weston)–takes advantage of the pitched roof with a large skylight. See more in Outbuilding of the Week: A Backyard Writer’s Shed by Weston Surman & Deane. Photo by Wai Ming Ng.
Above: This London writer’s shed–designed for an author and illustrator by firm Weston Surman & Dean (now Surman Weston)–takes advantage of the pitched roof with a large skylight. See more in Outbuilding of the Week: A Backyard Writer’s Shed by Weston Surman & Deane. Photo by Wai Ming Ng.

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