There are few things more inspiring than a workspace lovingly crafted by the hands of the people who will occupy it - unless of course it also relies completely on nature for its power. London-based Threefold Architects designed The Long Studio in accordance with their own strong sustainability ethic, and the client did most of the construction work using simple, sustainable materials. Best of all, the entire facility is powered by photovoltaic panels.
Modeled after the local vernacular in this agricultural region of England, The Long Studio leaves a massive aesthetic imprint, yet it has a very modest environmental footprint. Built with sustainably-harvested wood and insulated with sheep’s wool, the studio is clad with recycled cellulose fibers. Inside the space is heated with a striking wood-powered stove, and electricity is provided by photovoltaic panels that collect the sun’s energy throughout the day.
A rainwater harvesting system increases the project’s positive contribution to the land. But don’t let the simple material palette fool you. The studio’s interior is bright, expansive and inspiring, with framed views of the bucolic natural surroundings that create a direct link between the indoors and outdoors. This is the kind of sustainable design we love the most.