An art studio and private office for a family home in Westport Connecticut, steps away from Compo beach, on the Long Island Sound. V.F. Schweitzer won the Open Auditions contest by Architectural Digest in 2008, and the American Architecture prize in 2017. It has since been published globally in over 12 countries online magazines.
Thermally-insulated skylight allows for diffuse light in this artist studio/workspace
A marriage and juxtaposition of teak wood and stucco; the two materials seem to dance around a core of light created by the expansive steel and thermally insulated glass skylight.
The large skylight eliminates the need for daylighting while providing privacy from the outside world, a workspace and a retreat.
Steel-Trowel-finish stucco like that used in neighboring beachfront cottages
The studio intentionally shuts out distractions with its fortress-like walls, and carefully placed windows for cross-ventilation in summer.
The main house, shingle-style modern, is in dialog with the smaller outbuilding, both with steep gables.
Light diffues the space making it airy and ideal for a workshop/studio.
Studio is enconced in nature.
View of changing skies and evening summer light.
The slabs of wood and stucco have a stonehenge primititivity, while the complex forms speak to a futuristic sensibility.
Organic design whereby the central glass expanse resembles a lake, surrounded by mountains in the form of wood and stucco.