ArchitectsMaziar Behrooz Architecture
LocationAmagansett, NY, USA
Text description provided by the architects. The client needed an art studio close to her house (which we renovated in 2008). Her requirements were for a space of about 700 sf and a stringent budget of $60,000; and for a simple structure that would be both inviting and reflective.
Our solution was to use two 9’-6” x 40’ x 8’ shipping containers (cost: $2,500 each, delivered) perched over a 9’ foundation wall/cellar. By cutting 75% of the floor of the containers, we were able to move the painting studio to a lower level via a wide staircase and take advantage of a high ceiling. The staircase itself acts as a transitional space for viewing art work.
The upper floor provides a more intimate work area and a sitting area.
The containers were painted dark charcoal to maintain continuity with the original house and to recede in the shadows of a dense wooded site.