Can you think of a better place to create art than a beautiful, naturally daylit studio where all your materials are organized and at the tip of your fingers? That's exactly what these compact workplaces - from one with a green roof, to another with shipping container walls and even one inside an old subway car - offer. Read on for 6 brilliant studios that are perfect for the eco artist.
Located on the San Juan Islands in Washington is this gorgeous weaving studio designed by Prentiss Architects. Topped off with a grass-covered roof, the spacious studio has views of the water, enjoys plenty of natural daylight and also serves as an extra bedroom when guests come to visit.
Badgast is a modern live/work studio space at an artistic surfer village called F.A.S.T (Free Architecture Surf Terrain) on the beach in Scheveningen near the Hauge. The container studio was designed by the Netherlands-based Refunc for Satellietgroep and is used by artists in residence for their month long stay to produce a sea or bather related project.
Maybe you don’t have the money for an architect-designed studio, but with some elbow grease and some DIY gumption, you can transform a vintage trailer into a studio, just like Sarah of 26 Letters did. Sarah and her husband plopped a 1963 Airstream Safari Trailer in their backyard, gutted it and simply finished the space to provide the designer/writer with the space she needed, all on the cheap.
In a similar vein as a repurposed trailer is the transformation of old subway cars into studios in London. Located on top of an old brick warehouse in Shoreditch, London, Village Underground provides affordable studio space for young artists out of 4 old subway cars that were bought for a total of 200 pounds.
If there is such a thing as elegant cargotecture, this is a perfect example. This Shipping Container art studio in Amagansett, New York was designed by MB Architecture, who took two 40′ containers and placed them on top of a earth-bermed foundation. The double-wide structure provides a huge double-height studio space, storage and an informal gallery.
These gorgeous little studios by Feldman Architecture in Mill Valley, CA outside of San Francisco were designed to minimize their impact on the site and are tucked into the hillside. One studio is for yoga and doubles as an extra bedroom, while the other is a painting studio and both are flooded with natural daylight. The landscaping around the studios plus the green roof on the lower one helps the studios to disappear into the forest.