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Backyard buildings are usually unsightly metal or plastic things that serve only to store the things that you use to maintain your home. But this stunning ivy-covered backyard building in San Francisco is an office/art studio that is far more impressive than that.

The lovely building was designed and built by Scott Lewis Landscaping Architecture, who call it Parkside Garden. The name comes from the fact that the building is located at the edge of a lush park. This tiny but impressive structure seems like a natural extension of the park, carrying the greenery from the public space onto the homeowner’s private land.

To create a visual and physical connection between the main home and the garden/backyard studio, the architects constructed a wedge-shaped terrace. The terrace extends from the main living area into the serene green outdoor space.

Referred to by the designers as a “green cube,” the small building seems to itself be alive. The ivy that grows on all of the exterior walls gives way only for the windows and roof. As the plants continue to grow and spread, the building will change and mature, allowing for a perpetually-changing outdoor sanctuary.