A Small Studio for Drawing, Painting and Sculpting by Christian Tonko

© Eduard Hueber

No, the building is NOT collapsing down the hill, nor is it sliding down that same hill like a sled, NOR is it being pulled up the same hill.  As a matter of fact, this small art studio itself is a for visual device by being bi-directionally framed to its surrounding site. The drawing, painting and sculpture studio has a great amount of natural light coming from the southeast wall’s tilted glazing, and exterior screens can be deployed to block direct sun and modulate the light and other climatic conditions. A system of frames installed on the northwest part of the building enables bronze sculptures to be suspended in front of the glass and in direct sight of the working artist. It’s in that same spot that those bronze sculptures are staged as a motive of both reflection and confrontation for the artist on site.

© Eduard Hueber

It’s safe to assume from looking at the studio that it’s separated as two levels, each one serving different functions.  The upper level operates as a workplace where artists compose most of their sketches and small water colours, while the lower level stores medium-sized canvases and is also where small sculptures will be created. The building’s semi-industrial character is inspired from the reference to the typology of the shed roof factory, which is why it’s been reduced to its simplest case (a single box with a single skylight). Plus, the use of raw and untreated materials contributes to the workshop’s character, and the façade panels are made from weathered steel and the interior surfaces are raw concrete, raw steel and untreated oak.

And now, let’s talk about the project site! The workshop’s final configuration is determined by the conditions of the sloped site (following requirements of floor area and ceiling height), and is fitted into the plot boundaries with minimal disturbance of the neighboring residential building (maintaining certain height restrictions). Conceptually, the building’s design is inspired by the camera lucidaan, an ancient optical device. The workshop also takes on an interesting double-role, because as it works as a very bright chamber (achieving good and modifiable light conditions), it also acts as an optical framing device — like that of its inspiration, the camera lucidaan, which acted as a drawing aid.

© Eduard Hueber


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