Described as the “lovechild of native granite and the local buildings,” the Midden Studio is a surreal atavistic building that derives its name from the Victorian midden wall on which the structure sits. The rusticated zinc echoes the surrounding granite rock, while the embossed patterns on the zinc panels draw inspiration from historic buildings, including Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara, Italy and the Crichton Castle in Midlothian, Scotland. The structure cantilevers over a fast-moving stream, which fills the studio with the sound of water year-round.
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Unlike the cool metal facade, the interior is entirely clad in warm-toned plywood panels. The twin-gabled ceilings and large glazed openings break up the monotony of the wood surfaces. Skylights and operable side windows fill the space with natural light, while a soffit light-like window installed in the ground offers views of the stream below.
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