NEW DESIGN STUDIO PHOTO TOUR - WORKROOM
Yes, its true that when I first saw the building that would soon become my new studio, I immediately loved all the windows and 9’-0” ceilings. What I didn’t love was how the space was so cut-up and compartmentalized. I had visions of the new studio being a large, open space, but since the building was originally built as office space, it was nothing like that.
Even so, all the pros about the rest of the building pushed me to figure out the best use of the space without making any changes to the existing floor plan. The most challenging space to plan though was the pass-through area between the reception / lobby. Notice how there are three doors that come off this space.
EXISTING FLOOR PLAN
After careful thought, I decided the best use of the space would be for a workroom - a place to spread out plans and finish materials for review, as well as a long counter to provide additional work surfaces for drawing boards and lap top stations - as well as storage for rolled drawings, tile and paint selections, resource materials, design library, and rendering supplies, etc. Take a look at the workroom - see the YOU ARE HERE note.
WORKROOM PHOTO TOUR
Now that you have a good sense of the space, let’s do the photo tour! I’ve interjected some commentary along the way so as to better explain the reasoning behind the design.
In theory I wanted the streamlined look and casualness of a stacked library but my more practical side knew I would need to have greater access as well as the ability to clean around the book tower with ease - so that caused me to do some problem solving and that’s when I came up with the idea of using acrylic trays as floating book shelves. They provide the perfect amount of storage while not visually, or even physically crowding the space.
While sourcing furnishings I came across a storage cabinet that happen to fit perfectly below a butcher block workbench I had spotted earlier, and the depth between the two left the needed 15 inches for knee space. The two workbenches side-by-side, and four cabinets filled the space and gave me ample work and storage.
What’s a design studio without inspiration boards?! I love the energetic, dimension and interest they bring to creative spaces.
Across from the work bench, I was able to fit two rolling shelves, placed side-by-side for samples and rolled drawings. Notice the original blue print that is framed and hanging above the shelves. Go here to learn more.
LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
Thanks for following along with the studio tour! I hope it inspires your creativity as much as it has mine. Next up will be the private office. Go here to see the photo tour of the lobby, and here to see event photos from the open house, and here for the photo tour of the office.