Dutchess County Artist Studio
Complete 2021

Axonometric Drawing

The Dutchess County Artist Studio is located on a property owned by a couple splitting their time between New York City and their upstate home. The pair, an artist and a ceramicist, wanted a place that could house their two practices together, yet separate. The form of the Dutchess County Studio embraces that brief with a building that is bent in the middle, providing two separate studios joined by common wet areas, including a utility sink and powder room. Each studio was designed to meet the occupants specific requirements: the painter’s studio has abundant north light washing from skylights above while the ceramicist has ample natural light and his favorite views of the property. Each studio has an auxiliary space for storage and, in the ceramics studio, the kiln. The gable form relates to the existing house, while the dark cladding and metal seamed roof help it recede in the landscape. The owners were concerned about the studio overtaking their yard. The bent form enables the structure to settle into the landscape behind their main house, nestled between the tree line and the gardens.