Wall + Roof Studio / Hutchison & Maul Architecture

Architects: Hutchison & Maul Architecture
Location: West Seattle, Washington,
Design Team: Robert Hutchison, Tom Maul
Contractor: Dovetail
Project Area: 9.3 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Lara Swimmer,

The Owner requested a small potting/writing studio, an outdoor deck, and a fence to separate the driveway from the garden. The project is sited between an existing residence and a concave-shaped hillside to the northeast. Construction drawings were limited to a floor plan and two building elevations. Details were sketched onsite with the builder using a carpenter pencil on plywood.


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The careful placement of two architectural elements into the site creates three independent spaces. A spiraling wall placed south of the sloping hillside creates an outdoor working yard, while screening car parking from the garden. A folded plate roof placed above the outdoor deck creates an outdoor room for relaxation and cigar smoking. The overlap of wall plus roof defines a room for use as a potting shed and future writing studio.



The spiraling wall is constructed of conventional 2x wood stud framing clad with 1×6 cedar drop siding stained black. At select locations thin strips of siding have been removed to create a screened effect for the outdoor working yard. On the work yard side of the wall, stud bays are left un-sided to house garden tools. The folded plate roof is constructed of conventional 2x wood rafters clad with metal corrugated framing. The clerestory between wall and roof is treated with a polycarbonate glazing panel.


A pivoting steel gate placed between the end of the wall and the corner of the existing residence provides security and access between the driveway and garden. A favorite photograph of the Owner’s by 20th century Hungarian photographer Andre Kertesz (“The Circus, Budapest”) inspired the idea to install peep holes at various levels of the gate. The peep holes are placed to form the constellation Draco.

Cite: "Wall + Roof Studio / Hutchison & Maul Architecture" 13 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=46348>
  • alex

    I love the stamp in the bottom right-hand corner of the sketch and the notes including an exclamation mark!

  • richie

    I really like the access from inside and outside.
    Very nice!

  • RGoldschmidt

    Cool project

  • hema

    i like the roofing concept…

  • rodney

    Excellent concept, yet simple construction…and well executed.

    Definately my first favorite of 2010.

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  • http://www.mbf-design.co.uk Shropshire Architect

    Small projects like this are wonderful.