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¬†‚Äď 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¬ģ¬†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 […]