Green Oak Writer’s Studio Is the Perfect Small Space For Meditation & Inspiration

by , 07/02/11

Writer's Studio, Bertram Architects, Green oak writer's studio, los angeles, small space living, home office, studio

Inspiration for the home office came from the “Russian word пустынь or poustinia (which literally means desert): a small simply furnished and preferably remote cabin to which a monk would retreat to fast and pray in solitude and silence.” The writer’s studio is located on a steep hillside behind the owner’s home and accessed via a winding bluestone stairway surrounded by agave, yucca, cactus and other drought-resistant plants. Partially set into the hillside and cantilevered out over the hill, the building is a careful balancing act between grounded practicality and inspiration taking flight.

The exterior is covered in IPE wood, which will naturally gray over time and requires little maintenance. Inside, handcrafted furnishings are built into the studio to make the most of the small space, fitting in an amply-sized desk, shelving, a bed and a bathroom. An outdoor shower takes advantage of the SoCal climate and leaves space inside free for other uses. A large corner window is set back from the exterior to create a large overhang, perfect for letting in daylight without causing a glare on the desk. The window provides spectacular views out over the hills and, on a clear day, out to the Pacific Ocean, which is perfect for any writer who needs a bit of inspiration.

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  1. bertramarchitects July 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Thank you all for your comments and kind words. This was a really fun project for us and we would love to be able to adapt it to other places and environments. Please don’t hesitate to contact us through our website for more information. -Eliot

  2. walter gordinier July 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    fantastic please send the info. on this writers cube. thinking 4-5 of these would make a compound

  3. Dadamanga July 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    We have four remote coastal sites in Madagascar, one a very isolated 30 hectare forest on an Indian Ocean beach. We are presently searching for the perfect design for tourist and research team accommodation, considering availability of materials, transport of materials to the remote locations, budget, and ability of the design to withstand extreme weather. This looks close, I love it.

  4. greenman7 July 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I would be interested in discussing the specs and costs about this project if there is a way to dig deeper into the construction of this meditation space. Personally, I could live in that space, but envision a place where several of these that are positioned in a forested landscape.

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