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Wall + Roof Studio / Hutchison & Maul Architecture

  • 01:00 - 13 January, 2010
Wall + Roof Studio / Hutchison & Maul Architecture
Wall + Roof Studio / Hutchison & Maul Architecture, © Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer

© Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer +19

From the architect. 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.


© Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer

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.

© Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer


The spiraling wall is constructed of conventional 2x wood stud framing clad with 1x6 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.

© Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer


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.

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Shropshire Architect · January 19, 2010

Small projects like this are wonderful.

Jonathon Moreels · January 19, 2010

RT @mattbfranklin: imaginative small studio

Matthew Franklin · January 19, 2010

imaginative small studio

rodney · January 15, 2010

Excellent concept, yet simple construction...and well executed.

Definately my first favorite of 2010.

Laura Davis · January 15, 2010

A small potting/writing studio in Seattle: Wall + Roof Studio / Hutchison & Maul Architecture | ArchDaily

Jonathan Brown · January 14, 2010

I like this a lot, Wall + Roof Studio / Hutchison & Maul Architecture: #architecture #contemporary #design #seattle

hema · January 14, 2010

i like the roofing concept...

RGoldschmidt · January 14, 2010

Cool project

richie · January 14, 2010

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

Miro · January 14, 2010

@blusquare Hattest du nicht heute Architektur getwittert? Hier, dass könnte was für dich sein: Das Blog ist echt gut!

alex · January 14, 2010

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

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