Myrtle Cottage Garden Studio, Conkwell, nr Bath

Care, passion and attention to detail

· Credit: Jo Chambers

Stonewood Design for Steve Darling

Contract value: £150,000

GIA: 29m2

Embedded in a steep bank, this little building serves as a space to work, sew, play guitar and sleep. Climbing mossy steps, the entrance reveals itself in an oversized hinged glass door set in a swath of oxidised copper cladding. Entering the space one is greeted by an unusually low ceiling and the perception of thick walls create a feeling of secure retreat. Rough sawn timber panels with crafted recessed handles open up to reveal storage for the various activities. 

  • · Credit: Jo Chambers
  • · Credit: Jo Chambers
  • · Credit: Jo Chambers

Further investigation unearths a compact copper-clad bathroom lit from above. The rear of the building is cut into the bank, allowing the landscape to flow over it in the form of a turf roof, while the front elevation provides fantastic, elevated, framed views of the surrounding countryside. The care, passion and attention to detail shown by the architect are particularly commendable.


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