Butterfly Wings Inspire Art Studio Design in Connecticut

Valerie Schweitzer Architects completed the design of a tiny sanctuary for creativity and reflection in Westport, Connecticut. Inspired in part by the closing of a butterfly’s wings, this 350 square foot (32.5 square meter) art studio and private office for a family home, provides a comfy refuge.

“Like shards protruding from the earth, the studio’s angled panels clad in stucco and recycled teak, impart a primitive and futuristic quality at the same time,” the architect said.

“Due to the skylight and narrow windows, there is a strong sense of privacy and being hidden from the rest of the world. The view of changing skies and light create an optimal space for intermittent reflection during artistic production.”

The interior may seem small, but it offers everything an artist needs. There is plenty of space here for an office, a sports mat and even a half bathroom.

Energy efficient elements of the design include concrete flooring with integrated radiant heat piping, as well as a cross-ventilation system, achieved by carefully placed windows that capture breezes off the nearby Long Island Sound. Information and photography provided by Valerie Schweitzer Architects.

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