If your home office is in the box room or loft conversion, you’re behind the times! Backyard offices are the future, apparently. They’re a great way to get away from the distractions of the home (the kids want attention, the dog needs walking) and, with improvements in wifi, remaining connected to the outside world is no longer a problem. Here are are some of the most inventive backyard offices we’ve come across.
Pulitzer Prize winner Martha Mendoza had this installed in her backyard to provide a quiet office space away from her busy home. Fully insulated, with double-pane windows and a framed-glass door, this charming retreat has everything a celebrated journalist needs – including strawberries and salad greens growing close by the door.
Not everyone has the means and the connections to have a custom built office erected in their back garden. WorkPod by Ecospace is designed to fit into any contemporary garden space and is made to look part of the natural environment. It comes with all the office technology you need for your work already built in, making this a great space for any home.
The Archipod is not only extremely cool (who doesn’t want to work inside what is essentially a giant coconut?) but also brings a lot of benefits. You’ll be saving money on heating bills and transport costs, and the Archipod is unlikely to need planning permission to put up. It can be easily adapted for multiple uses; you can use it as a studio, hobby room, meditation area, dining room, or tree house!
Belgian architectural firm dmvA designed blob VB3 as an extension to the house. This mobile unit is perfect for all your needs; when you open the nose of this snug little house, you’ll find a bathroom, a kitchen, electric lighting, and plenty of storage space. It provides the perfect escape route from modern life – you’ll never have to run inside for a cup of tea again.
OfficePod is an environment specifically designed to increase your productivity and provide an efficient use of space. It’s made with as many recycled and recyclable materials as possible, and with the insulation built in, it consumes very little energy. For the environmentally conscious, this is the perfect space to have installed in your back garden.
This was a custom built recording studio, designed by Piet Hein Eek for entertainer Hans Liberg, and is a creative and fun modern spin on the traditional log cabin. The exterior consists of stacked logs that cover a plastic and steel frame; these provide insulation and sound-proofing abilities that any neighbours of Liberg are probably grateful for.
The company in.it.studios offers this fully customisable Garden Studio – whatever you need from your office, they can provide. It comes with full insulation, and can be built with heating, lighting, power sources, a bathroom, and a kitchen. You’ll never need to venture outside it.
The Tetra Shed is modular system for living and working, and the Sheds can be combined in clusters of up to six. One or two should be perfect for your office, but don’t feel constrained by the suggestion – just feel constrained by the space you have available. You can customise the exterior with a variety of different colours and materials, including rubber, steel, zinc and copper.
This 1920 water tower was converted by the current owners into a unique and beautiful home office. Stabilised and waterproof, with insulation and power, this is a cosy and unusual space to work in.
Vendrolini, an animator and graphic designer in San Francisco, adapted this greenhouse for use as his home office. Offering a light-weight alternative, this structure stays warm in winter and bright in summer, saving a fortune on electricity bills. He probably also enjoys getting to grow things around his computer.