Palmerston Studio / Boyd Cody Architects

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Architects: Boyd Cody Architects
Location: Palmerston, , Ireland
Project area: 25 sqm
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Paul Tierney / Boyd Cody Architects

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Our client, an artist, asked us to design a studio, full of natural light, to be built at the end of her garden.

Having recently completed a two-storey addition to the main house, we wished the studio to continue the sculptural language of this form to complete the spatial arrangement of volumes in the garden.


Modest in size, the studio’s massing is determined by the existing small outbuilding and the geometry of the garden. It is a tall space with a large central roof-light under which the artist works. In order to animate the space further, a shaft of south light is directed into the studio through a deep recess over the entrance. A picture window at ground level provides a view down the garden while at the same time framing the activity of the studio.

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Internally the studio is read as a neutral white space, allowing the furniture and the artist’s work to take on a painterly quality. Externally, the studio is clad in corten steel, an economic and expressive material, its colour and slow patination re-enforces the building’s sculptural quality.

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  • munter roe

    Notice the chemtrails in the sky.

    • matteo soru


    • Jon

      glad you pointed it out… i almost started to subconsciously accept that as normal.

  • up_today_arch

    I like this kind of project… Small, modest… well inserted to the environment…

  • Jamie Knop – Architecture Photographer

    These little projects really get me going (in a good way). The thought and precision you can see the architect has gone into is out standing. A real gem.

  • the_Dude

    Nice diagram and choice of materials & detailing as always.
    Well “crafted”. I like it!