Top 5 Small Spaces of the Week With Serious Star Power

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By Samantha Daly
From modern sheds and tiny cabins to detached dwellings, we're spotlighting our favorite small spaces from the Dwell community this week.

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1. Treehouse Shed

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Treehouse Shed by Gardner Architects LLC is part of a masterplan that manages stormwater, creates a habitat for indigenous species, and embraces the neighboring trees—thereby preserving the quality of the community.

Treehouse Shed by Gardner Architects LLC is part of a masterplan that manages stormwater, creates a habitat for indigenous species, and embraces the neighboring trees—thereby preserving the quality of the community.

Architect: Gardner Architects LLC, Location: Bethesda, Maryland

From the architect: "Built without a garage, and without an amenity such as a walk-out basement, the house lacked the means for practical storage of maintenance equipment and other items. The homeowner desired a freestanding shed that would accommodate equipment such as garden hoses, tools, a wheelbarrow, and bicycles. The zoning restrictions on the site were strict; combined with the topography, the shed would have to be placed in what seemed like the front yard. We designed the shed to complement the house and shape an entry space. Combined with landscaping and terraced steps, the shed is a welcoming pavilion in the landscape."

2. Pool House

Official LLC installed a built-in desk and bed platform in Pool House. The high windows offer a glimpse out to the backyard, and curtains provide privacy when desired.

Official LLC installed a built-in desk and bed platform in Pool House. The high windows offer a glimpse out to the backyard, and curtains provide privacy when desired.

Architect: Official LLC, Location: Dallas, Texas

From the architect: "With a desk, built-in platform bed, closet, and full bathroom, the pool house at Clover Lane is all about fun and relaxation. From inside, the glass wall of the house focuses your attention out towards the long, linear pool. An inset louvered sunshade casts ever-changing shadows across the porch and deep into the space. The archetypal form is clad in cedar shingles that will weather to a soft silver over time and architecturally complement the grey brick of the main house."

3. Micro Cabin

The reclaimed hickory facade of the Micro Cabin by BC-OA is punctured by windows that overlook National Forest Service land.

The reclaimed hickory facade of the Micro Cabin by BC-OA is punctured by windows that overlook National Forest Service land.

Architect: BC-OA, Location: Long Island City, New York

From the architect: "For the design of a small guest cabin with all the fixings on an existing foundation, we treated this 12' x 15' footprint—well smaller than a single-car garage—as a little jewel box, packed out with the full functionality of a house four times its size, but efficient and precise to the most minute dimension. Every surface of the house is active and performative, often in multiple ways. The small kitchen and storage zone is tucked in under the narrow stair. A recessed floor at the living room allows for a generous built-in lounge area without dividing the room. The flue of the teeny wood-burning fireplace extends from ground floor to roofline, emphasizing the double-height space above the entry and inviting the guest to look up to the skylight overhead."

4. Rolling Huts

Olson Kundig's six Rolling Huts boast steel-clad exteriors matched by unassuming interiors. The structures are designed to "take second place to nature."

Olson Kundig's six Rolling Huts boast steel-clad exteriors matched by unassuming interiors. The structures are designed to "take second place to nature."

Architect: Olson Kundig, Location: Winthrop, Washington

From the architect: "The Rolling Huts are low-tech and low-impact in their design. The huts sit lightly on their forty-acre site, a floodplain meadow in an alpine river valley. The owner purchased this former RV campground with the aim of building several guest huts for friends and allowing the landscape to return to its natural state. Zoning restrictions did not permit permanent structures to be built on the site. Kundig’s witty, delightful solution was to put the huts on wheels, which lift the structures above the meadow, providing space for native grasses to grow while yielding unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains."

5. Accessory Dwelling Unit

Daniel J. Strening designed the Accessory Dwelling Unit to provide additional space for extended family. The team used a simple palette of materials and soft edges to blend the building into the landscape.

Daniel J. Strening designed the Accessory Dwelling Unit to provide additional space for extended family. The team used a simple palette of materials and soft edges to blend the building into the landscape.

Architect: Daniel J. Strening, Location: Healdsburg, California

From the architect: "The client wished to build the unit so that their children (and grandchild) would have a place to stay on weekend visits. The project brief was to design a contemporary home that captured the view and made the most of the indoor/outdoor living opportunities of the area."


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