This small building next to a pond was designed to be used as a yoga studio and home office

Branch Studio Architects have designed this small multi-purpose modern backyard studio can be a home office, an entertaining space or guest house.

Photography by Peter Clarke

 

Australian firm Branch Studio Architects, have recently completed this small multi-purpose retreat for their client that wanted ‘a slow moving space that would provide a refuge from the hectic paces of modern life. A slow building for slow living.’

 

Branch Studio Architects have designed this small multi-purpose modern backyard studio can be a home office, an entertaining space or guest house.

Photography by Peter Clarke

Sitting next to a pond, the space is required to switch between being an empty shell and a fully functional space to be used as a yoga studio, a home office, entertaining, or whatever occasion it may be needed for.


Black-framed windows stand out against the wood shiplap siding on this backyard studio.

Photography by Peter Clarke

The retreat is clad in Hardwood Shiplap (Silvertop Ash) with a Cutek ‘Black Ash’ Oil Finish, while the galvanised steel in a black finish frames the windows and makes them stand out from the rest of the siding.


This backyard retreat is clad in Hardwood Shiplap (Silvertop Ash) with a Cutek ‘Black Ash’ Oil Finish, while the galvanised steel in a black finish frames the windows and makes them stand out from the rest of the siding.

Photography by Peter Clarke

A low wall guides you from the grassy yard to the entrance of the retreat.


A low wall guides you from the grassy yard to the entrance of this wood covered backyard studio.

Photography by Peter Clarke

Inside, the interior has been covered in plywood and a large window gives you a perfect view of the pond. In front of the window, there’s a sunken day bed allowing you to almost sit at eye level to watch the ducks. A group of plywood boxes have been designed to ‘infill’ the sunken section and provide a consistent floor level when the space is being used for gatherings and parties.


In this backyard studio, the interior has been covered in plywood and a large window gives you a perfect view of the pond. In front of the window, there's a sunken day bed allowing you to almost sit at eye level to watch the ducks. A group of plywood boxes have been designed to 'infill' the sunken section and provide a consistent floor level when the space is being used for gatherings and parties.

Photography by Peter Clarke

Each wall withing the building has been designed with sections that manually open and close, allowing the client to easily transform the space. A foldaway bed lets the space be used as a guest house, while a fold down desk transforms the space into an office. Shallow storage has also been included in some areas of the interior.


In this backyard retreat, a foldaway bed lets the space be used as a guest house, while a fold down desk transforms the space into an office. Shallow storage has also been included in some areas of the interior.

Photography by Peter Clarke

On the wall opposite the fold-down desk, is a small kitchen with brass detailing.


This backyard retreat has plywood walls and a small kitchen with brass detailing.

Photography by Peter Clarke

To the right of the kitchen is the bathroom hidden behind a plywood wall. The bathroom is a strong contrast to the natural wood look with its walls made from rammed earth in a charcoal color. A large skylight makes it appear as though you are showering outdoors.


The bathroom has walls made from rammed earth in a charcoal color., and a large skylight makes it appear as though you are showering outdoors.

Photography by Peter Clarke

At the back of the retreat, there’s a small area for taking off muddy boots before heading in a rear entrance.


At the back of this retreat, there's a small area for taking off muddy boots before heading in a rear entrance.

Photography by Peter Clarke

Here’s a look at the floor plan that shows you the full layout of the space.


This is the floor plan of a backyard retreat that can be used as a home office, yoga studio or entertaining space.


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