A Garden Studio

by Ryan Spicer
(Fort Myers, Florida)

A Garden Studio

A Garden Studio

A modern A-frame structure establishes a strong architectural expression, forming a dynamic office studio that celebrates and enhances its surroundings.


Exposed structural elements penetrate, support, and define a space that inspires creativity in design and imagination.

Expansive use of glass maximizes views creating an intimate relationship between the indoor and outdoor environment. This relationship is enhanced by the ability to open the office to the garden. Louvers shade both the interior and exterior space casting shadows that play on various surface compositions.

This lofty home studio equipped to support the needs of a professional office presents an inspirational place for both work and relaxation.

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A Beauty!
by: Anonymous

Great design, economical, sturdy and not only aesthetic but has excellent utility potential.

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Bonita Breeze
by: Annette Filer

As usual you have a great design. Good luck.

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TERRIFIC
by: gilbert jacobs AIA

I AM PLEASED YOU ARE ENTERING DESIGN GOMPS. KEEP UP THE GOOD DESIGN EFFORT. gil

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Awesome!!
by: Cilla

Love this.. U need to come back to IN and design one for me!!!!

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Invitation to relaxation
by: ANB

I've always loved the A-frame look. As long as this has the capacity to block out intense sunlight from both sides, which it apparently does, I'd feel both relaxed & creative in there! It's easy to imagine this in various locations w/ any sort of lovely view exposed outside that wonderful open design.

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Please build me one!
by: Anonymous

A classic design that will stand the test of time!

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five star!
by: Anonymous

very nice. classy!

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this gets my vote!
by: Anonymous

The simplistic design gives great style and versatility! This could be tucked into any piece of beach, garden or woods!

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great job
by: Anonymous

love it

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When can I move in?
by: Anonymous

A+++++++++++++++++++++

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well done!
by: Missing the FL warmth

Definately creative and certainly very flexible. Isn't flexibility a prime character what a shed is supposed to be? Of course! Beach structure, cabana, potting shed, vacation getaway, whatever...This approach could be built with this flexibility, inexpensively, and with a real green approach. Maybe prefab?

As for criticism, agreed, that trees are supposed to be green and probably taller, but we all get to take some artistic license don't we?

From a sort of mentor and a real friend, Good Luck!

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Outstanding!
by: Anonymous

Well thought out design. How soon can I have one installed in my backyard?

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Fantastic!
by: Anonymous

Fantastic design!

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Innovative design
by: Anonymous

Can't wait to try it out.

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GREAT DESIGN
by: Anonymous

GREAT JOB>>>>>> how fun with many purposes....and could be built almost anywhere....keep up the good work .....

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red palm trees are strangely scaled
by: Anonymous

While the design has some intersting points, the presentation is very strange. Red Palm Trees? And how tall are they compared to the shed? The shed looks as if it could be 100 feet tall. If you discuss the connection to nature then you have to make the connection reasonable and believable.

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Awesome.
by: Anonymous

The simple elegance of this design draws me in... I love the dualistic A-frame structure! Nice work. Very creative.

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dont see the garden
by: Anonymous

i agree with the previous remark - but i like the unique approach

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no relation to garden
by: Anonymous

just a nice form and structure, which i like, but no relation to any landscape or environment except through the use of windows. landscaping on the wall could have been used instead of huge panes of glass

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Love it, Very nice A f rame design
by: Catherine

keep up the good work Ryan, really like the A frame design it would let a lot light in.

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ok, not too bad
by: Anonymous

wondering about if it can really work though (as if i can be made or constructed) seems like the windows and the frame will not hold up in florida hurricane!

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Great in its simplicity
by: Bob

Though this design is so simple, it seems like the most carefully thought out entry. It results in a fun, interesting space that would truly be a pleasure to use.

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(Old) Friend that respects you
by: Jer Abram

Awesome design Ryan - I knew you could do it
A frames has always been amazing to me.

Go for it big guy ! ! !

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Thumbs up!
by: Hsiao

You deserve the prize!

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I like it!
by: Ryan T

Nicely done, Ryan, fits well into its environment.

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Beautiful and modern!
by: Anonymous

Love the modern look and all the light! Looks like a relaxing space for work or play!

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Nice A frame
by: iugrad

appears to be very funtional. Can think of other uses. From a childs play house to a beach house to a small cabin.

Very nice

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garden studio?
by: Anonymous

not really a garden studio to me? more like a beach studio. then again, what is a garden studio? the expansive glass windows that everyone is commenting about does not take into consideration the interior greenhouse effect. unless they are facing north, not sure if you mentioned this or not... but, i do like the a frame form, nice indeed, but a bit small maybe?

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Super !
by: Joe

I have always liked A-Frames and the use of so much glass is wonderful. Incorporating the louvers is a great idea to provide shade and a different feel.

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Modern
by: Anonymous

Very modern design. I have always liked the A-frame structures. The use of glass in this one, really opens it up and allows a relaxing view of the outdoors while working. The use of louvers for shade is a creative idea.

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seems nice
by: Anonymous

I am unsure about the shed goes together, like my other comment about the box shed, can a single person construct this? It seems like its a little too... large for one person to construct. I appreciate the new formal language though for a shed, nice thought.

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cool design
by: Anonymous

cool design for a more atypical location.. i would like to see how sheds are designed in these locations... i wold assume this to be very hurricane resistant.. but the practicality of the small shed seems a little undeveloped.. also, those windows are huge! they seem to long, especially for a shed. nice presentation..

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a garden studio, or a beach retreat?
by: Anonymous

this design seems to me more like a beach resort cabana or something - there does not seem to be sufficient amount of space to support an office or studio inside. i believe that the expansive use of glass would allow for too much light to enter (heat gain), especially given its location... i really like the design, but no so much for an office garden shed.

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Versatile
by: Milton

This design has the potential to function and integrate well into an assortment of settings; the backyard, the lake shore, or the mountains. Looks comfortable. Great job!

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Love the light
by: Anonymous

My first experience with Aframes was my FisherPrice Aframe house that my "little people" lived in. As a graphic designer and a gardener, and a former fisher price kid, I would be perfectly at home in this space.

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Zen-Frame
by: Dennis Hill

I remember A-frames, which were so popular in my youth, but this is totally an A-frame for the new generation. I love the idea of placing windows on the angle (the drawback of the old A-frame was that oppressive enclosed feeling. I want this Zen-frame in MY backyard, Ryan. Let's make a deal!

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Lovely
by: Anonymous

This looks like a wonderful space for play or work. I'd love to see inside. Great job, Ryan!

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Creative Thinking!
by: Pamela

This is an example of very creative thinking. I would build this for my children and then have it for my use as well. In the later years of life it would be perfect for relaxing and enjoying both indoors & outdoors all year round. Very well done and thank you for sharing your creative ideas. I want one in my back yard.

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Love the “A” Frame
by: Jack


I’ve always loved the “A” frame design. It’s functional yet simple. This would create a functional, fun, exciting and open environment. It could be built in an area with limited space. It’s a great concept.

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Love the A-frame design
by: Anonymous

I love the A-frame style and all the glass is awesome! You are so creative and the detail and look is really great. Great design!

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WOW!
by: Anonymous

How soon can I get one in my yard?

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impressive
by: Anonymous

I would like one of these built in my back yard! The A frame and all of the windows would make it a great place to get away!

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Excellent!!!
by: Julie

Ryan, this is an awesome design. The simplicity of your designs are more dramatic and fantastically inviting! I would love this space, as a a design studio! You thought of not only the function but the form which is key to the best designs! Excellent! Where can I get one! :)

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WOW
by: Colby

This is the best I've ever seen!

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very nice design
by: Anonymous

Modernistic design. It would fit nicely in similar style housing.

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this one's the best
by: Anonymous

i love the red trees - where do you get the m? seriously, this is unique, elegant, attractive, simple, if i could survive in one room this would be it.

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Awesome
by: Anonymous

This home office would provide the optimum environment for a reduced stress workspace. Love the "feel" of the great outdoors right at your desk. I would love to have an office like this one!

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Garden Studio
by: mac

I like outside, Florida, flowers & such. If I could have one in a gated community, I would!
Love it!!

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Chic and Unique
by: Anonymous

This design is very unique - I've never seen anything like it, but I love it!

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Always Impressed
by: Your Wife

I love the A frame and quite frankly can't wait for you to build one of your own for your MAN ROOM! XOXO

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Inspiring!
by: Anonymous

This is a studio engineered to bring out the creativity in anyone. I feel inspired just looking at it.

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Even Better!!
by: Ben G.

I studied your box office design and really liked it. This one is different and even better. The simplicity of the 'A' frame is nice as it makes for a simple construction, yet the form, volume and glazing add a great detail and elegance. This would be the shed I'd build for myself!

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Raising the design bar
by: Elvis

Completely awesome! What a great get-away. Would be an awesome studio, office, or even a small lake house. Very well done.

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WOW
by: Anonymous

Ultra modern with a beach theme flair. I love it!

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