An office in the woods

Madrid  Spain  –  Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano Photography:     Iwan Baan Deep in the woods and half buried so that the ground is near eye-level, this is an office designed for creativity. Built of 110mm insulated fiberglass and polyester sandwich on the south and 20mm curved, clear acrylic on the north, the office is ventilated […]

The Sebastopol Residence

Sebastopol, California USA – Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Project Year:  2008 Area: 156.0 m2  (1700 sq. ft.) Lot Size:  Acreage Photography:  David Wakely View versus ideal aspect! In the northern hemisphere, a southern aspect means access to winter sunshine that lifts spirits and reduces power bills. But the view doesn’t always cooperate with the position of the sun. […]

The Floating Egg

The Floating Egg

River Beaulieu  Hampshire, UK – Stephen Turner, Perring Architecture & Design and SPUD Design Studio Built area:     6 x 2.8 m2  (20 x 10 ft) Project Year:     2013 Photography:     Nigel Rigden Artist, Stephen Turner, didn’t just want to paint wildlife as an observer, he wanted to be a participant. To achieve […]

A New Australia House

A New Australia House

Niigata Prefecture Honshu Japan  –  Andrew Burns Architect Year built:     2012 Built Area:     120.0 sqm Photography:     Brett Boardman Niigata sits on the edge of the Sea of Japan on the main island of Honshu, some 100 kilometres west of Fukushima. The project was born following the collapse of the original 100 year old Japanese farmhouse […]

The Schell-Wheeler Home and Office

Cascades  Washington State  USA  –  Johnston Architects We think there’s a huge amount to like about this home, but rather than us write about it, here are the architect’s notes: “As mountain guides, Scott Schell and Margaret Wheeler are used to the upper reaches of the Cascades. Their site in the foothills above Snoqualmie is […]


Tetra Shed

Tetra-Shed – Tetra-Shed UK Designed by award winning architecture practice Innovation Imperative, tetra shed® is a new modular building system which, as a single module, has been designed to be a modern garden office.  A double module layout has also been designed to create a larger office for larger gardens. Clusters of up to six modules have primarily been […]

Frick Studio and Residence

Austin Texas USA – KRDB Architects We are absolutely comfortable in stating that the future of work is at home, not a central office. Current communication standards already allow millions of people across the globe to avoid the daily commute, simply by ‘logging in’.  Here at OBN, our two closest co-workers are some 300 kilometres apart. […]

Three Needs – Three Studios

If you work from home, you probably know how good it is to have a dedicated work area – a place to stay focussed away from the everyday household distractions. In this album, there are three very different studios. The first is for a writer, the second for a sculptor and the third, as a […]

Moor Street Apartment and Office

Melbourne, Australia – Clare Cousins Photography: Shannon McGrath Another great example of ‘walk to work’, in this case through an interconnecting doorway that separates two large warehouse apartments. From a warehouse to a residence and office, this project exemplifies how buildings can be upcycled rather than demolished for urban renewal projects. This renovation gives justice to the […]

Southern Highlands Studio

Bullio  NSW  Australia  –  Benn and Penna Architecture Year built:     2013 There are some places in Australia where the risk of bush fires is ever-present. When the bush burns, it does so at a terrifying speed since the native eucalyptus exude a highly flammable oil through their leaves. Houses need to be designed […]