Photography by French + Tye, courtesy of MW Architects

A London author wanted to spend more time in her carefully tended garden; specifically, she wanted to write in it and, ideally, even bathe in it. Enter MW Architects, who gamely met their client’s whims: They brought her office into the garden with a small extension to the client’s brick house and added a discreet glass-walled shower within.

The architects installed a wall of pale aged brick to complement the existing interior brick walls.

The new study has direct access to the garden.

In the former study (now hallway), the architects added a small shower room tiled with pebbles; it’s glassed in and closed to the elements, but feels like part of the garden.

Thick blocks of frosted, colored glass provide privacy.

A thick, copper-clad ventilation window opens from the shower into the garden. 

When closed, the ventilation window disappears into the black wood siding.