Artist Studio by Open Studio


Australian firm Open Studio have completed a small artists' studio shared between two properties in Flemington, Australia.

Called Artist Studio, the building contains a studio, store room, garden shed and a garage.

It is located between two residences whose occupants removed their boundary fence to create a larger, shared garden.

The studio is clad in corrugated steel and rests on a concrete base.

The distorted square plan defines three distinct exterior spaces: a playground, a vegetable garden and an outdoor sitting area.

Here's some text from the architects:


This small project is located at the rear of two houses in Flemington - a suburb  of Melbourne. The two properties' owners decided some time ago to remove the boundary fence to create a shared back garden.The resulting garden is unusually wide and surprisingly large - space enough for a range of activities.

The main question for this project was how to place the new building to the open quality of the site while defining three landscape areas in the garden(playground, vegetable garden, outdoor sitting) A pragmatic rectangular shape was deformed to follow the site specific conditions. The angular geometry hep to define the landscape zones.

The project's brief was a combination of four different functions: a painting studio, a large store room, a garden shed and a garage. These four functions require to be independently used and need strong "internal" quality. Like four inner rooms protected from the outside these spaces are somehow hidden and disengaged for the exterior, their functions become indistinguishable format the outside.

The result is a strong distinction between interior and exterior. The interior is a white neutral space with various gradations of natural light.

In contrast, the exterior acquires an object-like artificial quality. Its material expression is abstracted by the careful location of he openings, the reduction of materials and concealment of construction requirements. Contact with the ground is accentuated by exposing the edge of the concrete slab.

Posted on Wednesday November 11th 2009 at 1:15 pm by Ruth Hynes. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • dw

    very nice design with low-cost material. i like the color

  • Matthias

    Legally, it’s actually two separate buildings :)

  • Estimation2

    If you are going to submit a photo of your project with a detail, shouldn’t it be something that shows how close your attention to the small things is?

    The close-up of the door handle shows clearly that it’s not been installed in line with the vertical.

    And while we’re on detail, (i) the proportion of the tap in the bathroom is wrong compared to the thickness of the sink and (ii) the drain for the shower should be closer to the shower head to prevent water pooling on the floor.

  • I can only dream that this artist studio could be built for me in Los Angeles.

  • TFA

    perhaps estimation 2 could submit some of their work to the forum for such detailed scrutiny?

    i think it is a great project, a well conceived set of wonderfully lit spaces using inexpensive materials, and obviously created on a small budget

  • In my estimation, you’re confusing wrongness of details with your opinion of the wrongness of details. The door handle looks fine to me, the proportion of the sink I actually quite enjoy, and the drain at the shower is fine as long as the tile is sloped correctly.

    My opinion is that this is a wonderful little project.

  • Excellent work on this article. It makes for an interesting and thoughtful read.