This small studio for drawing acts as a visual device itself by framing its surroundings on both ends.
To the southeast a great amount of daylight enters through tilted glazing. To block direct sun if desired and to enable the modulation of light and climatic
conditions exterior screens are deployed. The building features two separate levels which serve different functions. The upper level is designed to be a workplace where most of the sketches and small water colours are done while the lower level
provides enough space for larger formats.
The semi-industrial character of the project stems from the reference to the typology of the shed roof factory. Here this typology is being reduced to its simplest case – a single box with a single skylight.
The use of raw and untreated materials contributes to the character of a workshop. The facade panels are made from weathering steel while the interior surfaces are made from raw concrete, raw steel and untreated oak.
The geometry of the project remains determined by site conditions as it is fitted into the plot boundaries while negotiating a desired minimal disturbance
of the neighbouring residential building, height restriction and the hillside situation with certain requirements of floor area and ceiling height.
On an underlying conceptual level the design is inspired by an ancient optical device – the
camera lucida. On the one hand it is very literally a bright chamber - constructed to achieve good light conditions which can be modulated to desired levels. At the same time the studio itself acts as an optical framing device similar to the original
function of the camera lucida as a drawing aid.
Photography by Eduard Hueber | Additional Photography by Sabine Berthold