This rough concept envisions an artist’s residence combined with studio and exhibition space.  It is situated on an actual lot – a high, narrow ridge overlooking a residential street and wooded ravine.  This design is compact, economical, and preserves the best planning features of an existing 1950s house it will replace.

The long porch facing the ravine is enclosed by retractable canvas awnings.  This diaphanous enclosure will filter sunlight to an even glow, creating an ideal outdoor space for painting.  Frank Lloyd Wright also used canvas roofing at Taliesin West in Arizona.  This project was further inspired by Wright’s Usonian Houses, Louis Kahn’s houses, the work of Greene & Greene, and Japanese Edo-period design.

This design is far from complete; I want to show the early stages of the process.  First, the elements of the project are arranged within the unique constraints of the site.  From that diagram I start shaping a building, using architectural fragments from my memory.  It’s vital for designers to travel and broaden their perspective;  the power of our imagination comes from the depth of our library.