It is certainly possible to write a great novel while sitting in a tiny writer’s studio in Maine, looking out a window that overlooks a landscape of blue, blue water. (Charlotte’s Web comes to mind.)
Can it be done again? We’re eager to read the book, after visiting this stylish 190-square-foot writer’s studio a couple of hours’ drive south of where E.B. White used to live.
In the meantime, let’s look around at the built-in bookshelves and clever louvered windows in the workspace designed by New York-based architects Cheng + Snyder:
Photography courtesy Cheng + Snyder.
Above: With a peaked roof and built-in canoe storage, the writer’s studio sits at the edge of the Sheepscot River on Westport Island in Maine.
Above: Louvered windows act as sun shades, filtering bright light when necessary.
Above: “The monolithic form with concealed corner doors and punctured corner windows adds a mysterious quality to this tranquil retreat,” the architects say.
Above: The door folds open, shed-style, to welcome breezes.
Above: Inside, the built-in shelves have plenty of room for books including, one hopes, a copy of The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White and a bargain at $5.18 from Amazon.
Above: “The windows and awning are arranged to maximize views and allow passive heating and cooling,” the architects say.
Above: Legroom and canoe room co-exist under the desk.
Above: Doing double duty as a boathouse and writing studio, the tiny building’s two functions blend seamlessly.
Above: Two salt-water rivers separate Westport Island from the mainland.
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