Belgian architecture firm l’escaut expanded the footprint of a graphic designer’s home in Belgium with this tiny sunken workshop topped with a green roof. Titled the Atelier Pam&Jenny, the wooden office was designed with the same proportions and materials as the main house to maintain a sense of continuity. Large glass sliding doors and a skylight fill the wood-lined interior with natural light, while the atelier’s natural surroundings help fulfill the client’s dream to “work in the garden.”
To preserve the leafy environment of the backyard, l’escaut partially buried the 323-square-foot atelier underground and covered it with a prairie grass roof. White concrete steps lead down to the entrance area, which comprises sloped walls, a concrete bench, and a carpet-like patch of lawn punctuated by rectangular concrete elements. In contrast to the raw concrete, the building is wrapped in vertical strips of larch, which will weather over time to match the patina on the main house facade.
The cozy and minimalist interior is covered in wood panels that reflect the natural light that pours through the skylight and glazed entrance. Shelves for knickknacks and plants give the client the opportunity to add homey touches to the space. A large working desk is located at the center of the workshop and a small wood-burning stove keeps the space warm during winter. The project was completed in 2014 for approximately $93,600 USD.