Home Offices – an ideas file…

Are you working from home or maybe thinking about joining the bandwagon? It’s important that you establish a workspace that allows you to concentrate on your business, and work in peace. The idea of working from home is very appealing because of the many advantages it offers. You get to save time and money by not having […]



A standing desk is beneficial for people with sedentary jobs, but not all of us can commit to a full-time standing desk. You can get the best of both worlds with this convertible sitting/standing height-adjustable desk! This product comes to you assembled. You simply have to place it on your desk, arrange your computer and other work […]

Fold-Out Convertible Desk

Fold-Out Convertible Desk

If space is at a premium in your house, then this great little “fold away” desk is for you. Flip it out, fire up the laptop and you have an instant home office! This fold-out desk features three bill organizers, two adjustable shelves, two fixed shelves and one cork board. The work desk itself is 30″ x 20″ which provides ample work area, while the desk height measures 28.5 inches. […]

Floating Desk

Floating Desk

This work desk is a space-saving, easy-to-install, wall-mounted piece of furniture that you can put into practically any room! And that’s not the only thing we love about this floating desk… It has spacious side compartments for storage, where the bottom shelves are removable and may be used for placing tall speakers or books. It also includes […]

Balance Ball Chair

Balance Ball Chair

Do you sometimes feel pain in the back, legs or arm after working at a desk for hours? A great alternative is a standing desk but standing all day can also be hard on your body. The problem or the solution may be the proper chair and this unique balance ball chair may be it! It […]

Bark Studio

Bark Studio - Mezzanine Level

Noosa Hinterland  Q  Australia  –  Bark Design Year built:     2001 Built area:     100 m2  (1,080 sq.ft.) Awards: Royal Australian Institute of Architects:  Sunshine Coast Building of the Year Royal Australian Institute of Architects:    Beatrice Hutton Award for Commericial Building Architecture Australian Steel Institute:    Architectural Steel Design State Award 2003. […]

Southern Highlands Studio

Fire safety was a primary design consideration

Bullio  NSW  Australia  –  Benn and Penna Architecture Year built:     2013 There are some places in Australia where the risk of bush fires is ever-present. When the bush burns, it does so at a terrifying speed since the native eucalyptus exude a highly flammable oil through their leaves. Houses need to be designed […]

4×4 in São Paulo

4x4 Studio - Sloping area

Sao Paulo, Brasil – Teresa Mascaro Project Area: 18.5 sqm Project Year: 2013 Photographs: Cristiano Mascaro No, not X-country, but a work space exactly 4 metres x 4 metres designed to inspire creativity for it’s photographer owner. The typically boring walls, partitions and white artificial lighting of a conventional office all serve to confine us in our […]

Moor Street Apartment and Office

Moor Street Studio - Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia – Clare Cousins Photography: Shannon McGrath Another great example of ‘walk to work’, in this case through an interconnecting doorway that separates two large warehouse apartments. From a warehouse to a residence and office, this project exemplifies how buildings can be upcycled rather than demolished for urban renewal projects. This renovation gives justice to the […]

Sheds Made Famous By Success

George Bernard Shaw's Rotating Shed

Modern history is replete with tales of great works and deeds emanating from the humble shed. Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. You can also view the images as a slideshow if you prefer  😎 If you liked these, you will also like viewing these […]

The Floating Egg

The Exbury Egg

River Beaulieu  Hampshire, UK – Stephen Turner, Perring Architecture & Design and SPUD Design Studio Built area:     6 x 2.8 m2  (20 x 10 ft) Project Year:     2013 Photography:     Nigel Rigden Artist, Stephen Turner, didn’t just want to paint wildlife as an observer, he wanted to be a participant. To achieve […]

Casa Kike – 16,000 books and a grand piano

Casa Kike - Costa Rica

Beachfront  Cahuita  Costa Rica  – Gianni Botsford Architects Year Built:     2007 Surely, one of the toughest gigs an architect must face would be designing a home for his father. But in this instance, Keith Botsford, a writer, gave free rein when he decided to retire from Boston, USA to Costa Rica. The over-riding requirement […]

Three Needs – Three Studios

The Cooper Joseph Studio - work, rest and listen

If you work from home, you probably know how good it is to have a dedicated work area – a place to stay focussed away from the everyday household distractions. In this album, there are three very different studios. The first is for a writer, the second for a sculptor and the third, as a […]

The Hackney Shed

A simple, elegant workspace

Garden Studio Hackney, London – Office Sian Studio Year Built:  2010 Awards:  Architect’s Journal Small Projects Shortlist 2011 NLA Best Domestic/Office Refurbishment Projects Shortlist 2010 It’s simple and it’s relatively inexpensive with a rapid payback period when compared to paying a commercial rental. And, of course, it’s a short walk to work! Situated in a domestic […]

The Blob is coming…

The Blob

Totally Mobile – dmvA Architecten Belgium Built Area:       20 m2  (216 sq ft) Project Year:    2009 Photography:  Frederik Vercruysse The Challenge: The client, the principal of Xfactor Agencies, wanted a home office extension designed and built.  The local planning authority refused consent despite various submissions covering a range of options. The Solution: […]

Not Just a Shed…

Shed!  A classic case of different strokes for different folks!  To some of us, a shed is just somewhere to stash the lawnmower and all the ‘junk’ you’ve finished using but ‘just can’t throw out’. To others it’s a potting shed, a sewing or craft room, a bar, a mechanic’s workshop or the wood shop – or […]

San Marcos Sleeping House – when colour meets panache

San Marcos Sleeping House Addition and Renovation 9

San Marcos Texas  –  A Gruppo Architects Area (addition):     88 m2  (950 sq ft) Completed:    2011 Photography by: Craig Kuhner Architectural Photography The challenge:  Two bedrooms, two bathroom home and a growing family. The solution:  A three bedroom addition and the conversion of the existing master suite into a home office and mud-room.  From the architect, […]

Shoffice – Shed and Office Concept

Shoffice - Platform 5 Architects

London, UK – Platform 5 Architects What do you do when you have limited space but need to work from home and you still need to have a storage shed.  This Platform 5 client specified a ‘shoffice’.  The result is, in our opinion, a very attractive, equally functional workspace.  Here are the architect’s notes: “Shoffice (shed + […]

Frick Studio and Residence

Frick Studio and Residence

Austin Texas USA – KRDB Architects We are absolutely comfortable in stating that the future of work is at home, not a central office. Current communication standards already allow millions of people across the globe to avoid the daily commute, simply by ‘logging in’.  Here at OBN, our two closest co-workers are some 300 kilometres apart. […]

Green Oak Writer’s Studio

Green Oak Writer’s Studio

Los Angeles, USA  –  Bertram Architects Built Area: 18.5m2 (200 sq ft) Designed as a quiet space with minimum distraction for a writer.  Furniture is plain and built in to both maximise the available space and avoid distraction. Here are the architect’s notes: “Inspiration for the home office came from the “Russian word пустынь or poustinia (which literally means […]

Red Hill House and Home Office

Building in under 'Queenslanders' is now common practice

Brisbane QLD Australia  –  Bligh Graham Architects Built: 1880 – 2010 The inner-city Brisbane suburb of Red Hill is well named.  The soil is certainly red volcanic loam and the area is certainly hilly,  In fact, very hilly.  Add in that most early Queensland homes were elevated for ventilation and it is now very common […]

Working From Home

When opportunity beckons – Choosing to work from home is a lifestyle choice increasing numbers of us are making. But to transition from a structured workplace to a home office is full of challenges. Among them is the physical location and layout of your chosen work area. Here are a few ideas to get the […]


Tetra-Shed UK

Tetra-Shed – Tetra-Shed UK Designed by award winning architecture practice Innovation Imperative, tetra shed® is a new modular building system which, as a single module, has been designed to be a modern garden office.  A double module layout has also been designed to create a larger office for larger gardens.   Clusters of up to six modules have primarily […]