Design Tiny Homes Converted Minimalist Work Cabin Comes With Secret Telescoping Ladder By Kimberley Mok Writer McGill University Cornell University Kimberley Mok is a former architect who covered architecture and the arts for Treehugger since 2007. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Kimberley Mok Updated October 11, 2018 ©. François Bodlet Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design The way we work has changed drastically in the last two decades, with technology enabling more and more people to work from home. For these so-called homeworkers, having a dedicated workspace can boost productivity (and save one's sanity, especially in busy households). Architect Jean Verville from Montreal, Canada converted this storage shed in his backyard into a pared-down workspace, using oriented strand board (OSB) and a somewhat quirky sense of humour to present it in images. The revamped studio now has a generous workspace on the ground level, as well as a hidden, telescoping ladder that leads up to a loft. © François Bodlet © François Bodlet © François BodletThe 14-square-metre (150 square feet) shed sits at the back of Verville's backyard. The original metal cladding has been kept, but the inside has been completely transformed into a minimalist space that emphasizes the "illusory abstraction of dimensional form [to] produce architecture that seems free from their function and materiality," according to Verville. © François Bodlet © François Bodlet The all-over use oriented strand board (OSB) here promotes that sensory abstraction. It's a cheap replacement for plywood, an engineered wood that can be considered a somewhat greener building material, if made from smaller, quick-growing, sustainably harvested tree species. As Verville explains on Dezeen, the concept was to hide spaces within a space: [The studio is] like a Russian doll, the model slips into the silver shed to offer an architectural experience yet hiding another one. The sculptural effect, of a disconcerting simplicity, reveals a complex lair that opposes the sharpness of its forms. It is a complex lair indeed. For instance, access to the upper loft or "suspended cabin" is not immediately apparent, but Verville emphasizes the cleverness of this pull-down ladder with these staged images -- some of them quite tongue-in-cheek. In the loft itself, there is a hidden hatch that can be opened up to let light in. ©. François Bodlet © François Bodlet © François Bodlet © François Bodlet © François Bodlet © François Bodlet Gotta love this little hatch door -- emphasizing these odd little details that are very characteristic of Montreal's residential alleyways. © François Bodlet © François Bodlet We can get quite personal about our workspaces -- they often reflect who we are and how we get things done. Here, we've got an austere and minimalist space, yet it's somehow got a sense of humour too. To see more, visit Jean Verville.