Working from home has some great benefits: no long commute, and the flexibility with one's own time. Of course, one of the downsides may include the need to have a dedicated office space somewhere in or around the house, when distractions at the kitchen table or the spare bedroom seem too much.
Offices could have more than one function too: London-based Neil Dusheiko Architects created this garden office that doubles as a yoga studio and playroom for a family living in the borough of Camden. It's an additional space that is set apart from the home, and yet is not too far. During the day, one of the clients, a psychiatrist, meets with patients here, and during the evening, the family's children can play, and yoga can be practiced.
Placed at the end of the garden and sunken slightly into the earth to reduce its bulk, the structure is clad with heat-blackened cedar -- a technique known as shou sugi ban in Japanese, and which protects the wood from rot, fire and pests. The architects worked with the local conservation council to gain permission to build this secondary structure, and made efforts to make it as unobtrusive as possible. Dusheiko says on Dezeen:
We wanted the pavilion to sit quietly in the background and retain a bit of mystery. It is this play of a 'dark box' in the garden, and the contrast of its square geometry in its natural setting that makes it work well. We called this project the Shadow Shed because of its play of light and shadow. We have imagined it as a warm comforting space inside with a darker outer skin outside.Source: treehugger by Kimberley Mok