Artist Bridge Studio / Safdie Rabines Architects

© Undine Pröhl

This project, designed by Safdie Rabines Architects, is a studio for two artists wishing to create a new work space while minimizing the impact of any new construction on the natural landscape of their property. The studio is located to the rear of the house, connecting the home to a beautiful portion of the site which, prior to the addition, had not been accessible.

Architects: Safdie Rabines Architects
Location: , California,
Engineer: Burkett & Wong Engineers
Landscape: Leslie Ryan
Biologist: Rod Dossey
General Contractor: Dana Cavanaugh-Cavanaugh Construction
Project Area: 800 spf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Undine Pröhl

© Undine Pröhl

To create the studio and library without disturbing the surrounding area, the studio was conceived of as a “bridge” spanning a small arroyo adjacent to the house, providing the opportunity to experience the canyon from the best of all possible locations–in and above it. The bridge is supported by two concrete piers on either side of the canyon, and is spanned with two trusses made of top and bottom glulam chords with steel cross members.

© Undine Pröhl

Floating fifteen feet above the dry creek bed, the studio provides a unique opportunity to experience the canyon. Naturally lit with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, the design creates a bright and airy work space that opens towards the canyon on two sides and extends laterally onto a patio at the end. With the glass doors opened completely, the structure takes on the feeling of a true open air bridge, minimizing the distinction between indoors and out.

© Undine Pröhl

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Cite: "Artist Bridge Studio / Safdie Rabines Architects" 28 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Sep 2014. <>


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