Gary Shoemaker and Ninebark Design Build
This copper, glass and cedar structure sits in a Seattle backyard. The owners were outgrowing their small house but didn’t want to leave the neighborhood. A relative, the principal of New York studio Gary Shoemaker Architects, produced a conceptual design for a stand-alone “garden pavilion” that could serve as a music studio, guest house, home office and general family room.
Liking the idea of a flexible-use space separated from the main house, the owners hired local firm Ninebark Design Build to make it a reality. The pavilion has a 12′ by 25′ (3.66 m by 7.62 m) footprint with a double-height main room and a full bathroom to one side. The tall bank of windows keeps the interior bright on Seattle’s many overcast days. Reclaimed wood rafters span the ceiling overhead while underfoot is a heat tile floor.
In one change from the initial design (see the floor plan below), Ninebark replaced the work counter in the main room with a thinner shelving unit, allowing a tiny kitchenette to go where the closet is shown in the floor plan. If this were being used as a full-time home, most people would want a bigger kitchen, but for now it is sufficient for storing drinks and preparing snacks. In a nice detail, a soap dish was cast right into the concrete countertop.
A custom-made aluminum and wood rolling ladder gives access to a small loft that the owners use as an office. When guests are staying in the pavilion, they sleep on the convertible couch on the ground level.
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