London-based architecture studio Hyperspace converted a suburban garage into a garden studio in Hertfordshire, England. Built from 850 pieces of charred wood using a process called Shou Sugi Ban, they named the studio Dark Matter. dezeen shares how it was designed and how it doubles as an insect hotel.
To improve the building’s energy performance, Andrew chose triple-glazed windows and skylights while he added insulation formed of wood fibre, wool and recyclable foil-based blankets.
“To reduce embodied carbon, the majority of materials were procured from within a 10-mile radius,” said Andrew.
“Steel and concrete use was kept to a minimum, with only one steel flitch plate and less than one square metre of concrete.”
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