The summerhouse is a seasonal hideaway for a hackney-based family of four. They all needed more and safe play space as the children are growing older. The new space should serve as a painter’s studio, garden shed, table tennis venue and sleep-over place. Developing the somewhat neglected rear of their garden became and alternative to moving away into a larger property. The summerhouse sits in the rear of an elongated victorian garden and the design attempts to screen out this urban setting. Baroque ideas of illusion, distortion, camouflage and capture of nature create a contemporary, rigorous and surprising building.