From Tim Peterson on April 22, 2010 in Green Remodeling
Looking more like a kids oversized playhouse than a serious design project, this multi-use structure has an endearing quirkiness worth talking about. It was built by Greene Partners Architecture and Design as an artist’s studio, office, exercise room and media room, but I, however, wouldnt mind living there all the time. As the name might suggest, Greene Partners likes to build sustainably. And the studio was no exception. The architects used metal windows and eco-friendly materials for siding, including painted cedar and cement board, which are easy to maintain and make for a cool, unconventional appearance. The windows are large and create a spectacular design when lit up at night. These awesome concrete floors add a splash of color and even some extra heating. Any artist would swoon over this work/hang-out space. Working hard calls for snacking equally hard, so the kitchen space was designed for straightforward food prep and easy clean-up. They kept it quaint and simple with built-in Douglas fir cabinets and shelving. Tucked away among towering trees, the outdoor area provides an added serene escape. It also makes for the perfect place to gather some inspiration. Having 1,850 square feet in which to create, sweat and relax seems like an awesome set-up to me. Of course, the gorgeous design doesnt hurt, either.