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Office in the Woods, Spain, is a self-designed studio by SelgasCano

Ten self-designed studios by architects and designers

From a forest cabin to a converted chapel, our latest lookbook features ten workspaces from the Dezeen archive that were created by architects and designers for their own use.

Highlights include Benjamin Hubert's design for his studio Layer, the Lisbon practice of Portuguese architects Aires Mateus and a colourful couple's office for the duo behind interiors firm 2LG Studio.

This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen's image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing homes with clever built-in furniture, plant-filled hotel interiors and residences with decorative vaulted ceilings.

Atelier Cecílio de Sousa, Aires Mateus' self-designed studio
Photo is by Rui Cardoso

Atelier Cecílio de Sousa, Portugal, by Aires Mateus

Architecture practice Aires Mateus restored four storeys of an 18th-century building in Lisbon to create its studio, retaining and restoring many original features including the decorative plasterwork and elaborate ceiling murals.

The converted office contains two model-making areas as well as several work- and meeting spaces. These include the grand Noble Room, where simple wooden chairs and a pared-back workbench made from pale timber contrast with the otherwise elaborate interior.

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Ya Vsesvit self-designed studio by Yakusha Design
Photo is by Mikey Estrada

Ya Vsesvit, Ukraine, by Yakusha Design

Black brick partitions divide up the monochromatic studio of Ukrainian designer Victoriya Yakusha to create a number of smaller offices, the grandest of which is centred on a chunky desk crafted from a single block of sandstone.

Most of the furnishings and ornaments in the interior were made by Yakusha's furniture brand Faina, allowing it to double up as a showroom.

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Office in the Woods, Spain, by SelgasCano
Photo is by Iwan Baan

Office in the Woods, Spain, by SelgasCano

Set in a woodland near Madrid, the office of Spanish architecture studio SelgasCano (top and above) is semi-sunken into the forest floor, with a transparent north-facing wall providing views of the tree canopy above.

Parallel banks of wall-mounted desks are lined up on the other side of the tunnel-like space, where they are shielded from the direct sun.

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AMAA architecture's self-designed studio in converted factory in Arzignano
Photo is by Simone Bossi

AMAA, Italy, by Marcello Galiotto and Alessandra Rampazzo

Venetian practice AMAA inserted a steel-framed two-storey glass volume into an abandoned plumbing factory in Italy to house its own office, which accommodates not just workspaces but also a small library.

A sunken level that was once used for pump testing now houses a wood-fronted staff kitchen that can be accessed via a poured concrete staircase, designed to be in keeping with the building's industrial material palette.

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Studio space by Another Studio

Another Studio, Bulgaria, by Andrey Andreev and Petya Nikolova

In a bid to encourage teamwork, Another Studio removed all of the non-bearing walls in its office in Sofia and replaced them with customised plywood shelving, which maintains sightlines throughout the office while providing crucial storage.

Translucent white cotton curtains can be used to further divide up the space, while removable boxes integrated into the storage system provide additional seating and side tables when required.

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The Waterdog is a self-designed studio by Klaarchitectuur
Photo is by Toon Grobet

The Waterdog, Belgium, by Klaarchitectuur

Klaarchitectuur left the original walls of this heritage-listed chapel in Limburg largely untouched when converting the space into a studio, choosing instead to insert a number of crisp white boxes into the interior.

This stacked, standalone structure now houses separate offices for the practice's different departments, alongside monochrome meeting rooms and casual work areas.

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Sauerbruch Hutton self-designed studio, Germany, by Sauerbruch Hutton
Photo is by Annette Kisling

Sauerbruch Hutton studio, Germany, by Sauerbruch Hutton

Sauerbruch Hutton renovated a former Prussian military uniform factory in Berlin and added a third floor to its roof to accommodate the practice's office alongside a studio for conceptual artist Karin Sander.

Roof lights allow sunshine to filter into the new top floor, which accommodates a reception and conference room, as well as a gallery leading to a library and a series of smaller offices and meeting rooms.

Find out more about Sauerbruch Hutton's studio ›

Interiors of 2LG Studio's Design House
Photo is by Megan Taylor

2LG Studio, UK, by Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe

Married design duo Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe of London's 2LG Studio managed to integrate a shared workspace into their four-bedroom home by knocking down the walls around their kitchen.

The resulting open-plan office area is centred by a pill-shaped jesmonite table that the studio made in collaboration with artist Olivia Aspinall, surrounded by velvet chairs from Danish furniture brand Menu.

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Layer studio, UK, by Benjamin Hubert

Layer studio, UK, by Benjamin Hubert

The converted warehouse that is home to London design studio Layer functions not just as a workspace but also as a gallery, with recent product designs, samples and prototypes on show in colourful display boxes to serve as inspiration for the team.

All rooms are open-plan save for a translucent black plexiglass cube that functions as a private conference room and is centred on a bright red Ripple table, designed by the studio's founder Benjamin Hubert for Canadian manufacturer Corelam.

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Self-designed Tree Top studio, Australia, by Max Pritchard
Photo by Sam Noonan

Tree Top studio, Australia, by Max Pritchard

Nestled into a tree-covered slope behind his house in Adelaide, Australian architect Max Prichard has built a six-metre-tall cylindrical cabin to house his own mini-studio.

The structure is clad in sheets of locally sourced hoop pine, while dark hardwood batons laid across the walls and floors mirror the radiating roof beams and line up with the wall of built-in storage.

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This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen's image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing sleek co-working spaces, homes with clever built-in furniture, plant-filled hotel interiors and residences with decorative vaulted ceilings.

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