New York-based firm Valerie Schweitzer Architects has created a funky backyard art studio inspired by the movement of butterfly wings. The 350-square-foot Butterfly Studio comprises multiple volumes that fit together at various angles. The studio is clad in a mix of stucco and reclaimed teak, interrupted by a series of long, narrow windows, giving the project a warm yet industrial character.

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The compact studio is a beautiful composition of glass, wood and steel. The angled volumes that make up the structure are topped with an expansive skylight of thermally-insulated glass. Allowing the optimal amount of natural light to enter the studio, the skylight all but eliminates the need for artificial lighting, even for an artist. Strategically placed windows provide cross ventilation that captures the breeze off nearby Long Island Sound. A sealed poured concrete flooring contains radiant heat piping, which also adds to the design’s energy efficiency.

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The multi-faceted design was created to provide a strong sense of privacy for anyone working on the studio interior, but without being overly isolated. The windows provide light and a sense of openness on the interior, resulting in an optimal space for artistic production.

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Photography by Tom Leighton

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