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Two visionary artists needed an inspired solution for their shared work space. A talented ceramicist and a nationally recognized architectural photographer were running their businesses from a single home office outside of Boulder, Colo. They hoped to convert and expand an existing storage shed off their alley to create two separate but connected workspaces that could be individually tailored to each one's artistic endeavors.
The process began with thumbnail sketches – a variety of artistic workspaces utilizing distinct styles that ranged from traditional to contemporary. The artists chose a dynamic fusing of the existing shed's simple gable with a barreled stair tower and an expanded half-barrel roof on the upper level.
Under the existing shed's traditional gabled roof, the ceramicist enjoys an intimate, human-scaled workspace with great lighting and ample display space. The photographer needed easy access for clients. He found inspiration under the second-story half-barrel roof that offers canyon views through banded, cottage-style windows. A dark room takes advantage of the light-protected subterranean space.
Custom, curved steel trusses add to the studios' eclectic character, supporting the curved roof and providing organization in separate, lighted structural bays. A central connection tower provides a common entry with a generous, well-lit wood and steel spiral staircase. To match the character of the surrounding historic mining town, the studio's exterior blends traditional lap siding and rusted corrugated metal with natural wood trim and playfully painted roof eaves.