Lawn Cabins: Grass-Roofed Landscapes for Green Retreats


Stand-alone sheds and prefab work spaces rarely look integrated into a landscape; generally, they are an extra piece plopped on top of an open flat area, cleared or already unused on a property. This quaint little construction project takes green additions in a new direction – up.

The Lawn House from Altro Studio is sized to fit strips of grassy sod that wrap up its walls and over its roof, creating a layer of heat-and-light-absorbing insulation, natural ventilation as well as a simple drainage solution for outdoor applications.

Gridded metal helps hold the soil in place, in combination with grip-friendly angles along the relevant edges. Want some more space? Each can be extended in a modular fashion by adding more. How about power? Solar photovalic strips can be lined in between each module.

Two translucent sides give it a sense of openness and let in indirect light, while two opaque dirt-and-grass-covered walls and the overhead angled ceiling provide a feeling of enclosure. PVC pipe makes for a lightweight and easy-to-assemble framework for support.

In short: it is a poor man’s do-it-yourself, green-roofed backyard workspace, storage shed or small man (or woman) cave – not a permanent home addition, but rather more of a landscape extension.

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