A 3-story, artist’s workshop is sited on a corner in a gritty waterfront area, the rapidly transforming former industrial & warehouse zone of Red Hook, Brooklyn.
A multi-media artist requested a workspace to produce and display his art. The new building references the garage previously occupying the site and more importantly the neighborhood vernacular of industrial warehouses. The client requested a building with a small living component that felt secure in a marginal neighborhood still in flux. The building is a bold volume with security gates and glass facing the street. Both layers can be fully opened. The volume is carved away to introduce light and air.
A void running the length of the building creates an exterior workspace/ garden. Bi-fold doors of polycarbonate open upward, create an awning for this exterior room. The core of the building houses a dark room. Above is an office mezzanine overlooking the workspace where another void creates an outdoor space. The top floor is a live/work studio with views to the harbor.