Artist’s Studio

Location Prince Edward County, Ontario
Status Completed 2000
Size 1,650 sq.ft / 150 m²
Partner Siamak Hariri

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“The attention to detail and sensitivity of Siamak's work is a rare achievement in today’s world. His work does not seek innovation simply to express something new, rather his inventive spirit is in the service of a lasting perfection. He is always the definition of the Architect. This is true with every project regardless of its size or budget as it was with my studio.”

— Otto Rogers, Artist

The Artist’s Studio, a private working studio in Prince Edward County, responds to the specific conditions in its surrounding landscape to define a contemplative and creative space for artistic production. Set in a densely wooded area, the simple, almost rectangular, cedar-shingled shed leaves all existing trees intact. Its east wall gently curves, inflected by a 100-year-old oak tree. A stepping-stone footpath leads to a corten steel canopied entrance at the northeast corner of the building. As viewed from the entrance, the scale of the studio appears small, yet iInside, the continuous open space expands with a sloped ceiling rising over the double-height painting studio.

The mezzanine serves as a drawing studio. A custom millwork unit for drawing and storing supplies, complete with a small sink for wetting paper, extends horizontally across this upper working level. Downstairs, the washing area and storage space tuck away behind the stair, leaving the painting studio completely open and unobstructed. The artist’s activities called for the specific requirement of indirect lighting; on the northern wall, large, wood-framed windows and glass doors open to an outdoor sculpture court, also facilitating the transport of large artworks and materials.