The roughly 5,000-square-foot Lens House renovation, which was finished in 2012 and just won a 2014 RIBA National Award, required six years, major remedial work on the roof and walls, approval from the planning committee, and even a sign-off from a horticulturalist to guarantee the backyard excavation didn't interfere with a walnut tree. "These things aren’t for people who are in a hurry," says architect Alison Brooks. The focus is the ten-sided trapezoidal office addition. "It wraps itself around the house with a completely different set of rules than the Victorian building," she says.
When Tokyo architect Yuko Shibata and her husband bought an aging 940-square-foot apartment, she knew she wanted to remodel it to include a home office where she could base her firm. But there was a catch: “My husband wanted to come back to a home, not an office, and I needed a switch of some sort when work was over,” she says. Inspired by sliding paper screens, Shibata created moveable walls with built-in storage to divide and expand the apartment. The couple certainly got an office during the day and a home at night.
Architect Christi Azevedo, along with homeowners Lorena Siminovich and Esteban Kerner, transformed this 1,485-square-foot, multilevel, mid-century maze into a modern and efficient family home. What was once a storage space is now a sun-drenched home office where the couple writes emails and stores their design magazines.
Teacher and resident
Eric Schneider’s 450-square-foot space needed to be able to accommodate individual areas for cooking, storage, sleeping, entertaining, and, of course, working—
without filling the diminutive abode with furniture, or eliciting claustrophobia by chopping it into tiny spaces. The origami-like desktop unfolds to reveal a perforated-steel divider that allows the passage of computer cables hidden inside the office compartment.
When Ann and Geoff Woolford decided to build an addition to their home in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, natural light and a modern architectural style were first and foremost in their minds. The couple’s existing home, a traditional Cape house built in 1996, lacked a home office space for Mr. Woolford. The pixelated shelving system, made of birch and acid-etched mirrored glass, as well as the cantilevered desk, were customized for the Woolford’s space. A large glass sliding door framed in white oak separates the addition from the rest of the home. The chairs are from Ikea.
In an industrial part of Brooklyn, architect Sarah Zames transforms two unremarkable apartments into one modern space full of color and texture. Zames carved out a small custom office area under the stairs that lead up to the roof.
“When the weather’s good,” says Rini van Beek, sitting on the rear terrace of her home in the woods, a 15-minute drive from Antwerp, Belgium, “I practically live outside. Putting this deck down here was actually the first thing I did when I moved in. The house was so awful—but the view was wonderful.” Van Beek’s extra space is home to her office. She works on a Tense table by Piergiorgio and Michele Cazzaniga and Flow chairs by Jean Marie Massaud, both for MDF Italia.