Cassion Castle Architects designed this gorgeous garden workshop out of timber for British designer Tom Lloyd. Located on the sprawling grounds of Lloyd's farmhouse cottage in Hampshire, the Long Sutton Studio is a multi-use structure that takes inspiration from local historic architecture. The resulting space combines the traditional craftsmanship of an English cottage with modern nuances like built-in storage and flexible spaces to create a functional yet beautiful respite.
At first look, the timber barn-like building blends in seamlessly with the bucolic landscape, as if it were another historic structure on the site. With its pitched roof, unfinished exterior planks and barn doors, the garden studio is unimposing.
But a closer look reveals cues of modernity. Reclaimed tiles line the roof, which include four skylights which draw in natural light. Hard and soft woods were combined to create a profile of craftsmanship appreciation, making an homage to the past. Galvanized steel plates were used for both function and aesthetic choice- giving contemporary details to the traditional design.
The double doors along the façade can be opened to extend the interior into the lush lawn, bringing the garden in. Inside, the building shell holds built-in shelving, work spaces, and storage, eliminating the need for extra furniture. These inclusive build-ins add to the project’s rawness – the exposed spaces honor a dedication to craftsmanship and materials. The carefully crafted project fulfills Lloyd’s desire for a simple space that celebrates good work.