ISSUE 77  |  Summerhouse Gardens

A Tiny Backyard Guest Studio (Sleeps One)

June 19, 2013 10:00 AM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Designed as overflow quarters behind a summer house in northern Sealand, a tiny prefab plywood studio has one of everything: a door, a window, a skylight, a shelf, a table, a bed.

Copenhagen-based Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter designed the freestanding box to provide both work and sleep space in a compact cube–instant backyard accommodations for summer guests.

Photographs courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.


Above: In a sunny backyard off the coast of England, the studio is clad outside in striated wood slats and inside with waxed-birch plywood.

Would you live in a backyard Shipping Container Cabin?


Above: A hidden foldaway bed disappears during the day to turn the space into a work studio.

Need a Summer Clubhouse in the backyard? Us too.


Above: A wall of shelves and a skylight above the foldaway bed.


Above: The exterior slats are made of thuja wood.

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Above: Related to cedar, thuja trees are coniferous.

For another of our favorite writing studios, see A Backyard Shed in the Garden.