Writer’s Studio and Garage / Studio Vatn

Text description provided by the architects. The project is located in a suburban area of Oslo. On the site is a Biedermeier-style house from the turn of the century, built in brick and with lime-plastered walls. The house has a defined sill and articulated curved gables. 

Writer’s Studio and Garage / Studio Vatn - Exterior Photography
Writer’s Studio and Garage / Studio Vatn - Exterior Photography, Facade

The task was to design two buildings: a writer’s studio of 15sqm and a garage of 50sqm. The garage is placed 1m from the property line and the writer’s studio 4 m, and the distance to the main house is determined by fire regulations.

Writer’s Studio and Garage / Studio Vatn - Interior Photography
Writer’s Studio and Garage / Studio Vatn - Image 15 of 21

Each building has two openings and a distinct difference from the inside to the outside. The wall section is doubled: interior walls are constructed from cast in situ, polished black concrete revealing the colorful aggregate, and exterior walls are made of light brick with deep shadow gaps.

Writer’s Studio and Garage / Studio Vatn - Interior Photography, Concrete

The brick bond references the main house with slight ornamentation of the sill. The sill of the writer’s studio extends one shift from the wall-line closest to the main house. The shift in brick bonds in the garage is the height of the main house sill, but also the exact height of the owner’s car. 

Writer’s Studio and Garage / Studio Vatn - Exterior Photography, Windows, Door, Facade
Writer’s Studio and Garage / Studio Vatn - Exterior Photography, Facade

The writer’s studio has a 2mx2m pivot door in steel and a cheery wood desk with a smaller window. Right in front of the desk is a Copper Beech tree. The roof plates are in zinc, which will patinate and become grey over time. The yard is laid with cobblestones and the retaining wall separating the two new buildings is in granite. 

Writer’s Studio and Garage / Studio Vatn - Exterior Photography, Windows

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