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Long Studio by 30x40 Design Workshop

Maine studio 30X40 Design Workshop builds own home office

Long Studio is a barn-style architects' studio and home office in Maine, built by and for architecture office 30X40 Design Workshop.

The aluminium-clad studio is located on the grounds of studio founder Eric Reinholdt's home on Mount Desert Island, off the coast of New England.

Long Studio is the home office of 30X40 Design Workshop
Long Studio is located on Mount Desert Island

30X40 Design Workshop created the simple gabled structure as both a place to work and a practical demonstration of the office's approach to architecture.

Slatted aluminium barn doors, designed with the help of a local boat-builder, screen the glazed double doors on the east side of the studio.

Firewood store in architects' studio
One gable end holds a firewood store

A long window runs down the opposite side of the building, providing views of the leafy woodland surroundings.

The north-facing gable end houses a firewood store occupying a recessed slot. At the opposite end, sliding doors conceal storage space for gardening equipment.

Tool cupboard behind sliding door
The other end has a cupboard for tools

Inside, the 384-square-foot (37 square metres) space lined with Douglas fir is designed to be flexible, with space for a sit-stand desk by Ergonofis that was recently added to one end.

The alcove the desk sits in previously held a drum kit and various instruments belonging to Reinholdt's children, but these have been relegated to the main house to create more desk space for a summer intern.

Aluminium sliding barn doors for Long Studio in Maine
Aluminium sliding barn doors shade glazed doors

Tables can be laid out in the middle of the studio for client meetings or for entertaining friends when they come over.

Loft-style platforms at either end are accessible via ladders, providing extra storage space under the eaves as well as places for the architect's children to play.

Interior of Long Studio by 30X40 Design Workshop
The interior is lined with Douglas fir

30X40 Design Workshop used similar dimensions for everything from the loft windows to the table, to further tie the space together.

Reinholdt also uses the home office as a studio for filming his how-to video guides on being an architect for his YouTube channel.

Sit stand desk in home office in Maine
A sit-stand desk was recently added to the home office

"The studio illustrates to potential clients how modest, unassuming materials can be made to feel expensive," said Reinholdt.

"Acting as a stage for musical performances, a place for family and friends to gather and a life-sized working mock-up of the practice's simple, agrarian-inspired design aesthetic."

Long Studio exterior shot in Maine
The home office doubles as a space for friends and family

More rustic architects' studio setups include a studio in the UK's Cairngorn's built out of Douglas fir by Moxon Architects, and a barn in Spain converted into a workplace by Nordest Arquitectura.

Photography is by Trent Bell unless otherwise stated.

Architect: 30X40 Design Workshop
Lead architect: Eric Reinholdt

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