In collaboration with the NewArtCentre, this self-contained office space is the first in a series of multifunctional work spaces by British design studio Koto. 

black charred wood work cabin office - grand designs

Image: Edvinas Bruzas

Wiltshire-based NewArtCentre, perhaps best known for its outdoor sculpture park, commissioned Johnathon Little, Zoe Little and Theo Dales, co-founders of British design studio Koto, to create a sculptural cabin – part art, part functional work space. 

It’s a critical moment in the work-from-home conversation – with many more people will be looking to make more permanent adaptations to their home to allow for dedicated workspace going forward. 

Take a look this concept - the first in a series of designs - which will be available at various sizes and price points. 

Sculptural form 

exterior of charred wood outside office space - grand designs

Image: Edvinas Bruzas

The concept behind the work space was that it should be able to sit alongside sculptures by the likes of Richard Deacon and Michael Craig Martin, and the distinct geometric form took many hours of detailing working with Koto’s fabricators. 

The exterior is a charred timber, drawing on traditional Japanese technique Shou-Sugi-Ban and design philosophy Wabi Sabi - looking for the beauty in imperfection. 

“Wabi-sabi is the perfect remedy to today’s hectic pace and obsession with perfectionism,” explains Dales.

Read more: 5 design-led items to add to your garden

Connection to nature

glazed side to charred wood work cabin - grand designs

Image: Edvinas Bruzas

Aiming to create a space that’s contemplative, meditative and allows focus, the work space has large glazing on one side only, allowing you to orientate it to the more inspiring view in your outdoor space. 

It will be available both on and off-grid, allowing flexibility with placement of the cabin. 

Prices for the Koto x NewArtCentre work space start from £26,000

 

What do you think of this work cabin? Tweet us @granddesignsmag or post a comment on our Facebook page

 

RELATED ARTICLES

5 inspiring garden office builds for working from home

Inside a steel-clad garden bunker that weathers with the seasons

How to find extra space for a home office

Kevins Column

Grand Designs Live: Ask an Expert Weekend 22-23 May 2021

Discover free home project advice and product recommendations from the comfort of your own home. Register now to express your interest.
gdlonline
bespoke-architect-designed-homes-that-embrace-their-locations
Self Build Homes

Bespoke architect designed homes that embrace their locations

With a bespoke architect-designed home you can create a house that suits your practical and aesthetic needs while ensuring it blends into its surroundings
self-builders-who-built-their-own-homes
Self Build Homes

6 self builders who carried out the building work themselves

To beat budget restraints, these have-a-go heroes rolled up their sleeves and tackled the construction of their homes themselves.
canadian-lakeside-retreat-sintered-stone
Self Build Homes

Tour this Canadian lakeside retreat, designed to endure extreme climates

Using sintered stone, this home has been created to survive Canada's extreme weather conditions.
award-winning-architects-for-design-led-homes
Self Build Homes

Award-winning architects for design-led homes

The finest architects don’t just focus on your home’s exterior – they offer a complete service that marries the house’s form with a stunning interior....
how-ground-source-heat-pumps-save-money
Self Build Homes

How ground source heat pump systems can save you money on your energy bills

Opt for a ground source heat pump system with smart controls that can help cut energy bills and cut down on carbon use.
off-grid-homes-uk
Self Build Homes

Off grid homes: 5 UK self builds for eco-friendly living

Self sustainability was the goal of these off grid homes in the UK. Read how these self builders achieved it.