Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Artist's studio and teaching room

Here is a lovely artist's studio recently completed by Roomworks which stands around 5m high, is pretty much touching three boundaries and takes up nearly half the available garden: at just under 30m2 it is one big garden office. Planning permission was required of course (does anyone know of a bigger garden room built relative to the size of plot?).

The client is a professional artist selling his own work but also teaching. The studio is west facing and the building was designed to create exactly the right natural light internally. It was important to maximise the amount of light from the north which is why Roomworks included three big electronically controlled Velux skylights on the north roof elevation and the a-symmetrical pitched roof which bounced the light back into the space. The vaulted ceiling height was important to create the right effect (apparently direct light from the south is a problem because it changes so much as the sun moves across the sky while cool light from the north is traditionally the artist's preferred light - Roomworks had some specialist input from Velux themselves). Special consideration was given to correctly balanced artificial lighting too.
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