ISSUE 84  |  In the Art Studio

10 Favorites: Architect-Designed Art Studios

August 06, 2013 1:00 PM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

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Artists and architects have forever shared a passion for light, composition, and space. Here are 10 favorite art studios designed by architects (many of them members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory). 

Above: In his new vast studio/office on La Cinega Boulevard in Los Angeles, architect and designer Jamie Bush has set aside an area for an artist studio where he paints. Image via Veranda

Above: In this East Hampton, Long Island, art studio by BWArchitects, clerestory windows bring diffused northern light into the studio’s large rectangular space. 

Above: Annabelle Selldorf designed a house and studio inspired by typical New England farm structures for artist David Salle.

Above: Norway-based architect Todd Saunders was commissioned by the Fogo Island Arts Corporation to design six artist studios for their residency program. The contemporary studios were built with local woodworking traditions and take advantage of the views of the Newfoundland coastline. 

Above: London-based Threefold Architects designed an art studio that was based on the local rural farmhouse/barn vernacular of Norfolk, England, and inspired by modern architecture at the same time; a design that was simple enough for their clients to build themselves. See A Build-Your-Own Art Studio in Norfolk, UK for more. Image by Charles Hosea via Dezeen.

Above: Drawing on the vernacular of 19th century shingled farmhouses of the surrounding Berkshire Mountains, Deborah Berke Partners creates a modest artist’s studio.

Above: In Seattle, Washington, Olson Kundig Architects created an artist studio from two bays of a warehouse. Photograph by Tim Bies via Olson Kundig Architects

Above: New Zealand-based Ashley Cox Architect designed this artist studio that follows the topography of the hill on which it is sited, with three level changes. Diffused light comes in from above while windows on the side look out into the courtyard. Image by Paul McCredie via Design Boom

Above: In Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Moger Mehrhof Architects gracefully rotated this studio addition from the main house in order to capture the appropriate light for a painting studio. 

Above: Mell Lawrence Architects, based in Austin, Texas, used glazed garage doors to bring light into this artist studio. Photograph by Allison Cartwright via Mell Lawrence Architects

Interested in more? Bob Colacello’s book Studios by the Sea profiles the studios and houses of the legendary artists of Long Island, from Pollock to Warhol to Schnabel and more ($121 at Amazon).

See what Remodelista Architect and Designer Directory members have to say about selecting, framing, and hanging art in their clients’ homes.