Dream of a Sweet Retreat in This Backyard Brooklyn Writer’s Pavilion
Photos by Cameron Blaylock for Architensions
The holidays can get hectic. Wouldn’t it be lovely to escape to your own quiet space for a bit of contemplation? Architensions — a multidisciplinary architecture and urban design studio based in Greenpoint — recently completed a peaceful-looking writing pavilion for the backyard of a Brooklyn client.
Check out this beautiful little building.
The pavilion sits atop an angular concrete base that provides a rough-hewn and weighty feel for the steps before vanishing beneath the side and rear of the wooden structure. This disappearing act adds a sense of lightness and surrealism to the front view of the building. It looks as though the room is floating.
The exterior of the structure is sheathed in black-stained cedar — a treatment that retains the texture of the wood but gives it a cleaner, more modern feel. It also seals the wood against sun and water damage.
The interior is covered with a lighter natural pine plywood, creating a nice visual contrast between inside and out. The shape and angle of the room was designed to bring in natural light, and the skylight was specifically designed as a “large sloped light well.”
Judging from the drawings, the building can’t be much bigger than 5 feet wide and 6 feet long. It holds only a small folding desk, a fiberglass Eames chair, and a few books and pieces of art. An angled exterior wall creates space for a storage closet, accessible from outside.
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Originally published at www.brownstoner.com on December 23, 2015.