Chan Architecture added a light-filled artist's studio to the backyard of an existing house in Thorbury, Australia. Built atop a garage and storage space, the wood-clad artist's studio is a beautifully detailed structure with high ceilings, warm tones, and abundant natural light. The project was completed in collaboration with Phillip Johnson Landscaping, who took charge of the organic landscape design including a chlorine-free natural pool.
Chan Architecture clad the exterior of the structure with two different kinds of wood: darker colored vertical boards that cover the bottom storage volume and horizontal bands of a lighter colored timber that clad the facade of the artist’s studio. The wooden façade will gradually develop a silver patina over time to better blend in with the landscape. Inside, blackbutt hardwood and plywood seamlessly cover the floors, walls, and ceiling, creating a warm honey-toned and textured backdrop ideal for the client’s artistic pursuits.
The artist’s studio has a small balcony that overlooks the chlorine-free natural pool, waterfall, and creek that will be used as a recreational space by the client’s children. Rainwater runoff from the studio’s pitched roof flows down a decorative rain chain into the pool. Water overflow from the pool is fed into the creek that winds throughout the backyard.