Working from home is becoming more and more the norm around the world, but when you actually do so from your house, it can quickly lead to the blurring of the lines between work and leisure time. Solutions such as working at a café or a co-working space are great, but so is building a dedicated shed in the garden, if you have one. The UK design firm Surman Weston came up with a simple, yet modern shed for this very purpose. It is clad in cork, and is used by a seamstress and her musician boyfriend.

The shed, which measures 139 sq ft, (12.9 sq m) is placed next to a brick wall, which surrounds it on three sides. It features a timber frame and cork cladding, which offers excellent sound and thermal insulation. The structure blends almost seamlessly into its surroundings thanks to its natural cork cladding, and the green roof, which was planted with wild flowers.


The shed features a large skylight that lets in plenty of natural sunlight, which is a necessity for working, especially for a seamstress, but also makes the interior appear much more cozy and spacious. The interior walls are clad in plywood, which was also used to construct the desks and shelving inside it. In order to make the most of the available space, the work desks were built into the wall. A window placed between the two workstations keeps them separated.

This project is a great example of using cork as both cladding and insulation. The idea can easily be expanded to a tiny home. And the other eco-friendly strategies employed in this design are also quite commendable. All in all, I would love to have a garden office like this. It’s uncluttered, and lets you focus on your work without distractions.