A Workspace Perched on a Rooftop for an Architecture Student

Perched on a rooftop in Chile, this timber structure serves as a workspace for a lucky architecture student. The project, dubbed Workshop in the City, was undertaken by Romero Silva Arquitectos and completed within a month.


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The unit is set on the rooftop of a service bedroom in Las Condes, Santiago. The workshop contains a space measuring 124 square feet (11.5 square meters) and is dedicated to creating an environment that promotes creativity.


Workshop in the City - Romero Silva Arquitectos - Chile - Interior - Humble Homes

From the outside, the main building materials are clearly visible. It’s a simple timber structure sheathed with plywood. There’s no mention of the designers finishing the exterior with cladding – perhaps the area in which it’s placed doesn’t get much in the way of rain, either that or it’s only temporary.


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The inside consist of a single-room studio. It’s a light, bright space thanks to the floor to ceiling windows and artificial lighting. The walls have been completely covered with a whiteboard material, allowing the user to sketch out ideas and designs on almost any surface.

Workshop in the City - Romero Silva Arquitectos - Chile - At Work - Humble Homes

A chunky wooden desk runs the length of the room and can easily accommodate up to two people. From the architects: “For this project, design decisions were restricted by the need to develop a blackboard interior, or a surface that could be etched on completely and would be made of formica slate, including the walls and furniture doors.”


For more studios check out Nano Studio, a 140 square foot micro apartment designed for students. Or, this New York loft which gets a facelift by TCA. See all studios.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Bruno Giliberto

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.