Studio de Rijke Marsh Morgan’s Comet Street Studio is snuggled into a tiny plot between buildings in south-east London. The angled off-grid hideaway was designed for an artist seeking solitude in the busy streets of the British capital. Daylit by a giant skylight, the simple space gives the artists a place of solace for dreaming up his next oil paintings.
The unique studio juts out like a meteorite just behind the busy Deptford High Street. To create the seclusion the artist wanted, the studio was designed without any street-facing windows. Instead, the entire building is angled to the north, which provides hours of direct sunlight without shadows. The single ETFE plastic window provides enough light to work without letting in excess heat.
The studio’s roof mirrors the gabled buildings of the neighborhood, and its asymmetrical shape makes the most of the oddly shaped plot it occupies. The exterior is clad with zinc panels emblazoned with diagonal stripes, which also mimic the neighboring rooftops. One angle of the roof is lined with solar panels that heat water for the sink and eyewash station, while a coal burning stove warms the interior in the winter.
The studio’s entrance opens wide with double doors, allowing the artist to easily move large canvases in and out of the building. A deck serves as a reception area for visiting clients, and leads to a toilet. The simple structure provides the privacy and light the artist needs to create his masterpieces.