An artist wanted a space that would call her to create. The studio is tucked in between existing trees in close proximity to the main house providing a visual connection to her family that can easily be broken and re-established.
Built in the mid-19th century, the two and one-half story residence has been restored three times — most recently in 1992. The upper level features an air-conditioned artists’ studio with oak floors and quasi-timber framing.
By broadening the underside, the exposed beams reach from inside the studio out into a six-foot overhang toward the landscape and main house creating a haven for the family to gather and relax. The wedge shape for the studio is based on a golden rectangle that was squeezed by sight constraints.
The rear exterior of the Nautilus Studio shows the back terrace and curve of the roof. The gutter downspouts link to the tank and the over flow on the tank connected to the drainage pipe that leads to a rainwater garden.
This home workspace features all the amenities needed for an art studio, including a sink and ample natural light. A long countertop provides additional workspace, while a center table creates a great spot for completing all types of craft projects. Blue tile gives a nod to the home's waterfront locale.
Designers put a lot of effort into finding materials that are reminiscent of ancient cathedrals, but modern in their efficiency for this studio. AAC, aerated autoclave concrete and masonry were chosen for their insulating properties and aesthetically to ground the building.
We found inspiration in the spirals of the Nautilus, which are reflected in the studios placement on the site and in the section of the building.
The six foot roof overhang was designed to provide the artist working space outdoors where she can stay dry when it starts to rain. The overhang also keeps direct sun from hitting the textiles outside.
The open workspaces are split into a dry space for textiles and wet for painting. The spaces are flexible and the custom wheeled furniture can be set up on the fly to adjust to the needs of the artist.
With a nod to the California artists who draw inspiration from the state's rugged beauty, this room is the perfect space to conceive of and create art in the San Francisco Decorator Showhouse 2014. Sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and the Presidio greet the artist, and the paint-splattered studio floor is a work of art in its own right.
Connecticut-based artist Joe Fig makes gorgeously detailed dollhouse-scale miniature set pieces of contemporary artists' studios. Fig visits and conducts interviews with actual working artists and has documented the working spaces, materials and even miniature paintings in progress of artists including Chuck Close, Roxy Paine, Eric Fischl and Tom Friedman. "I find artists to be some of the hardest working people I know," Fig told Think Small author Eva Katz.