Australian architecture firm Pivot recently transformed a humdrum structure in a Sydney inner-city suburb into a stunning art studio and home office. Located in Erskineville, the building is clad in black glazed brick that contrasts beautifully with a curvilinear strip of blond-colored cedar. The architects also installed rotating timber shutters that open the studio up to cross-ventilation and still maintain a sense of privacy.
Constructed in just three-and-a-half months, the 785-square-foot art studio and office serves as a secondary dwelling to the main house. The architects draw attention to the building using superb detailing and the striking color contrast between the charcoal brick and bright cedar planks. The studio’s minimalist and simple materials palette however, ensures that the renovation doesn’t clash with the surrounding suburban buildings.
Pivot expanded the existing single-story structure by adding a second floor, and then topped the renovated studio’s slanted roof with a black COLORBOND steel sheet. The ribbon-like cedar cladding evokes a sense of fluidity and asymmetrically wraps around the studio. In addition to the rotating timber shutters, the architects playfully cut out a portion of the cedar cladding to reveal the charcoal brick facade and window underneath. Black aluminum casement windows filter in natural light to the upper floor.
Images via PIVOT, © Justin Alexander