Backyard Studio Building


The Studio Building is a free-standing 1,000 sf structure that provides work spaces for a Voice-Movement therapist and a Writer, while creating synergies between building and landscape, programming and people. The project’s innovative sectional development and careful material detailing enable the direct adjacency of two programmatically incompatible uses, while responding to stringent code requirements including height limits and shade sheds. Its massing accentuates the slope of the terrain, with a clear front and back.

The two studios – ‘Barn’ and ‘Cabin’ – are spare and rustic, each with its own outdoor space. The ‘Barn,’ for voice and movement, is large and open, with simple visible connections between elements, and with large sliding panels that provide acoustic and visual privacy. The ‘Cabin,’ for writing, is intimate and separate, nestled in the trees and oriented toward a direct view of the Flatiron Mountains to the West.

Convertible Houses, 2007



About MPA

MPA’s multidisciplinary design practice, rooted in the strengths and sensibilities of its partners, spans architecture, landscape, and urban design, enabling us to mine the rich and often unseen potentials of a project and site.


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