Studio Box

400sf Studio Space, Deck, and Rock Garden: Somerville, Massachusetts
Photography: Bob O’Connor


The exterior surface of this studio is clear anodized aluminum: a reference to, and a critique of, the ubiquitous aluminum siding of the surrounding dwellings. Unlike the faux-wood simulacrum its neighbors, however, this exterior surface exhibits its true aluminum materiality.


The roof form gathers rain into one central scupper. The water then falls through the deck and into the fish pond below. Even if it is not raining, one feels the presence of the sky through the alignment of these aqueous elements.


The north façade has high windows for diffused light to bounce off of the sloped roof bathing the entire interior space. The south façade has low windows for viewing the garden, but only when one is sitting and being productive.