Working From Home Design of the Year: Terrazzo Studio. Don't Move, Improve! 2021

Terrazzo Studio by Sonn Studio has won the Working From Home Design of the Year prize, sponsored by Day True.

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Terrazzo Studio by Sonn Architects is a striking end of garden studio and workshop in Hackney that was designed and self-built by the architect. The project aimed to add an additional area of work, living and creative space to a one-bedroom garden flat.

The build resulted in a tropical oasis within a Victorian terrace street, consisting of a studio space that doubles as a guest bedroom and a hidden functional workshop to the rear. Bespoke forest green terrazzo cladding wraps around the building, grey micro-cement flooring, dark stained cork and dense tropical landscaping result in an urban tropical haven.

This would provide both a place in which to work, but also extra space and potentially sleeping space for guests to add to his small, one-bed flat in a Victorian terrace. Since he designed and built it himself (‘a lot of YouTube’), all the costs were down to materials used, save for a little help on plastering and electrics.


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