2021 RDAA | Custom Accessory or Outbuilding | The Music Shed | Campos Studio

Creativity often arises from difficult constraints, and on this project there were plenty. Asked to design a detached music studio for a professional musician, Campos Studio was presented with a limited budget, a leftover piece of the triangular lot, and an allowable buildable footprint of only 50 square feet. “We chose the worst part of the site, an overgrown dead zone on the side,” says Javier Campos.

The team further tightened the structure to 48 square feet so it wouldn’t need a building permit. To counter the tiny footprint, they enhanced the space volumetrically. The triangular building expands vertically toward a single, canted skylight that allows light to enter without creating distracting reflections. The client’s production equipment sits directly below the skylight, fitted into the narrow part of the triangle. 

“The building had to be very nondescript because security was a priority with his equipment,” Javier says. “It is blank and quiet, with no windows looking in.” Cedar stained on the outside, including the roof, the building has an interior wrapped in plywood, and a folding wood door opens one wall to a new deck. There, a landscaped courtyard and pond occupy the resulting void between the house and studio. Custom gutters simplify the form.

Inspiring, unobtrusive, and secure, the studio is a secret music box. “The little intervention creates this beautiful courtyard garden and has a dialogue with the back of the house,” says project designer Czarina Ray.

Custom Accessory or Outbuilding


Campos Studio
The Music Shed
Vancouver, British Columbia

Project Credits

Architect: Javier Campos, principal in charge; Czarina Ray; Jacquelyn Bortolussi, Campos Studio, Vancouver, British Columbia

Builder: Michael Luchenko, M. Luchenko Construction, Vancouver

Interior Designer/Landscape Designer: Campos Studio

Project Size: 48 square feet

Site size: 0.06 acre

Construction Cost: Withheld

Photography: Andrew Latreille

Key Products

Cladding: Stained cedar

Doors/Windows: Innotech Windows & Doors

Gutters: Custom steel angle gutter

Millwork/molding: Plywood

Wallboard: Plywood




Plans and Drawings

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