This small, light infused building serves as a photographer’s studio. Set in Kanagawa, Japan, the studio has been designed by FT Architects, who have titled the project, “Light Sheds”.
Measuring 15-by-24 feet (4.5-by-7.2 meters), the Light Sheds studio contains about 355 square feet (33 square meters) of usable space. According to the architects, the projects concept was built around that of the humble shed – they aimed to create a simple, functional structure.
One of the biggest challenges of the project was managing the limited budget; they needed to create a relatively large space without breaking the bank. In the end they settled on a gable roof with a timber frame. However, unlike a standard gable roof house, this one was distorted slightly (giving the Light Sheds its unusual form).
They made use of timber logs to support the roof rafters, and to eliminate the need for horizontal timber ties that would eat into the head height of the interior. The walls are constructed built in a post and beam fashion, revealed by the translucent polycarbonate panels on the exterior.
Light Sheds is clad almost entirely with the corrugated panels, and they also serve as a means of introducing plenty of ambient light into the studio. The right-hand-side wall also features a number of windows that look out onto the garden, bringing in yet more indirect sunlight. The overall effect is a space which is as bright as the exterior, blurring the lines between inside and out.
The interior of the building itself is bare. The client’s needs beyond has a workspace were few. It’s been finished simply, with white-painted walls and a concrete floor. Since their first project, FT Architects having been incorporating timber into their works: “We have been continually exploring ways to inherit and translate the purity of traditional Japanese timber compositions into modern construction.”