“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction” wrote Virginia Woolf, and we can say that MuDD Architects took inspiration from this sentence when designing the Writers Cabin.
The Spanish studio was commissioned to design a private studio in the courtyard of the home of a writer of children’s books who lives in Madrid. A place dedicated exclusively to writing and reading books, without any distracting elements.
The Writers Cabin looks like a small house with a gabled roof and two façades – front and back – made up entirely of two enormous windows that allow sunlight to enter. If inspiration comes at night, the cabin’s lighting is provided by an LED lighting system from Simon, a company specialising in cutting-edge interior and exterior lighting, which allows the intensity of the light to be calibrated to create the desired atmosphere.
The other two walls and the roof are a single element made of internally folded oxidised iron sheets covered in local maple wood, a material that was also used for the floor and continues throughout the terrace, creating a dialogue between outside and inside.
The warm, dark colour of this wood creates a strong contrast with the light pine wood used for the only pieces of furniture: an enormous desk and a bookcase with sinuous, curved lines that covers an entire interior wall from the floor to the highest point of the ceiling.
The room is completed by a black cast iron fireplace hanging from the ceiling, creating a further contrast with both the wood and the glass.
The Writers Cabin is a place where you can isolate yourself from the world around you and get back in tune with your own creativity and ideas.