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.
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.
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.
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.
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.