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Ashton Porter completes back garden studio

[First look + plans] Emerging practice Ashton Porter has revealed these images of its new ‘suburban studio’, built in the back garden of a north London home

The £120,000 project is clad in timber and features walls constructed entirely from stressed ply composite panels.

The firm is headed by Abigail Ashton and Andrew Porter who also collaborate with Christine Hawley as part of the Bartlett think tank Metamode.

Click here for the full photo-diary of the construction of the 60m² suburban studio.


Source: Riddle Stagg

The architect’s view

The main studio facade that addresses the garden floats above a glass panel and forms a screen to separate the work space of the studio from the domestic garden, a floating fence. The typical green suburban garden is replaced by a folded timber landscape characterised by a series of pop up activities including a heated paddling pool, a sand pit and a fire pit. The materials of the studio make reference to the suburban context; timber cladding echos domestic fencing, corrugated aluminum refers to inter-war prefabricated garages and a former Anderson shelter. The studio is super-insulated and benefits from a sedum roof; heating is provided by Apple Macintosh computers with very occasional recourse to underfloor heating. The main facade is unsupported along its full length and rests on cantilevered side walls. The wall construction is entirely from stressed ply composite panels with no hidden steel supporting frame.

Cost: £120 000
Internal area: 60m²
Landscaping area: 120m²
Architects: Ashton Porter


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