Created as a writer’s retreat, this angular garden studio can be found in Oslo, Norway. It’s been designed by local architects Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter for two professionals who wanted a getaway from their main home that would allow them to focus on their writing and work.
Simply named the Writer’s Cottage, the garden studio was an alternative to purchasing a cottage in the countryside. Not only is the annex cheaper, but it also provides immediate access, as opposed to having to get in your car and drive however long to reach your rural retreat.
Being set in a suburban residential area, one of the main challenges faced by the architects was how to recreate that sense of freedom and nature that is often depicted with idyllic countryside getaways. The annex is set on the edge of a north-facing slope that overlooks a railway station, dense shrubbery, and trees below.
The north face of the building features floor-to-ceiling glazing to make the most of the available views, and to provide ample natural light for the interior. So as not to obstruct the view, the writing desk placed in front of the window is made entirely from glass.
To minimize the light intake from the south, the building narrows and features two much smaller glazed openings (the entrance door, and an awning window in the loft). Unlike the stark exterior appearance, the interior is much warmer; it’s lined with wood walls and ceilings, carpet on the floor, and features some “shaggy” furnishings.
The Writers Cottage is split into two levels. The first floor acts as the main writing/study space with the glass desk and bookshelves incorporated into a timber staircase. The upper level acts as a retreat, overlooking the main workspace below, behind a zig-zaging rope that acts as a barrier.