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Family Affair: An Architect’s Work Studio in a Toronto Garden

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Family Affair: An Architect’s Work Studio in a Toronto Garden

October 13, 2017

Architect Oliver Dang of Six Four Five A designed a 100-square-foot backyard studio for himself, connecting the workspace to family life and creating a securely fenced play area for his one-year-old toddler:

Photography by Ashlea Wessel courtesy of Six Four Five A.

To create a unified look and frame greenery, a single material—cedar—was used to clad the studio, pave the deck, and on a horizontal-strip fence.
Above: To create a unified look and frame greenery, a single material—cedar—was used to clad the studio, pave the deck, and on a horizontal-strip fence.
The studio also has a small deck, also constructed of cedar.
Above: The studio also has a small deck, also constructed of cedar.
&#8\2\20;The vaulted ceiling is designed to reflect the angle of the southern sun &#8\2\1\1; allowing maximum sunlight into the studio,&#8\2\2\1; says the architect.
Above: “The vaulted ceiling is designed to reflect the angle of the southern sun – allowing maximum sunlight into the studio,” says the architect.
Twin skylights maximize sunlight from a southern exposure.
Above: Twin skylights maximize sunlight from a southern exposure.
Good fences make good neighbors; the neighbors&#8\2\17; backyards aren&#8\2\17;t visible from the lawn.
Above: Good fences make good neighbors; the neighbors’ backyards aren’t visible from the lawn.

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