Dalston Studio – A Workspace That Doubles As A Small House

Hidden away on a quiet street in Dalston, London, this former mews coach house has been successfully transformed into a multi-purpose studio. Cassion Castle Architects were responsible for the design and delivery of the project, a firm whose work I’ve featured in the past.


Dalston Studio - Spaces - Cassion Castle Architects - London - Exterior - Humble Homes

The architects were initially contacted by the clients back in 2011, and were set the task of creating a photography studio, storage and office space for the client. One other small requirement: it could easily be converted into a small house in the future if needed.


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The building’s exterior was remodelled to create a sympathetic, yet contemporary aesthetic. The appearance also had to be low-key, as the client didn’t want to draw any unnecessary attention to studio. As such, the entrance is a simple affair; there are no grand statements, just an unusually tall door.


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The entry hallway is flooded with light from the overhead skylights. To the right of the staircase there’s a small bathroom, opposite it you’ll find the main studio space. The walls are lined with storage cabinets and a small kitchenette is hidden behind a set of sliding doors.

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The mezzanine serves as a secondary workspace, and again, features various storage cabinets for the client. There’s also a small walkway that overlooks the entrance, and features an all-glass “wall”, allowing the architects to capitalize on the skylights.

Dalston Studio - Spaces - Cassion Castle Architects - London - Floor Plans - Humble Homes

The studio/house has a footprint of just 49 square meters (527 square feet) and was completed in 2013. Considering it’s set in London, it was never going to be cheap – the building is valued at £236,000 (that’s $396,248 at today’s rate). However, it’s a beautifully crafted space, with future-use taken into account – an important aspect of sustainable design.

For more studios check out this amazing writers shed also from London that features a whimsical sense of design. Or the Hackney Shed that’s been designed by Office Sian. See all small houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Kilian O’Sullivan

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.