The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The Little Art Studio, Paradise Valley Building Project, Architecture Images

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

Building Extension Project Work Space, USA – design by Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC

Oct 7, 2018

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

Architects: Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC

Location: Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The Little Art Studio is a 1400SF addition to an existing contemporary stucco and glass residence.

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The addition of this project to the site provided a backdrop and bookend to an existing desert courtyard and a gathering area surrounding a fire pit.

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

In order to distinguish the studio from the existing residence, the design allowed the studio to establish its own identity. The manner in which the addition meets the ground plane was executed in a way that minimizes the disturbance to the existing desert landscape.

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The steel beam floor structure and composite concrete deck, is supported by six 36” diameter concrete caissons allowing the studio to “float” over an existing wash by touching the ground in only these six locations. By spanning over the wash, the design further distinguishes this new addition in contrast to the conventional slab on grade construction of the existing main residence.

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The cladding of the studio is largely comprised of standard 10 gage 4’ X 12’ tall A606 weathering steel panels. Using the standard module for the steel panels allowed for minimal preparation and fabrication time. High thermal performing reflective insulated glazing is used at all glazing locations for the project. The insulated glazing is configured with the reflective surface on surface 1 which allows for maximum heat rejection while offering the most reflection.

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The combination of these two materials for the cladding is intended to complement, absorb and reflect the existing residence’s landscape. Furthermore, the material palette distinguishes the addition from the existing material palette.

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The interior space is configured as an open plan to allow the freedom of the studio to be used as a working artist’s studio or gallery space. Three large movable partitions can be configured in any manner to allow for spatial diversity and increased surface area for hanging the artist’s work.

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

An integrated artwork hanging system is embedded and detailed with the drywall to establish a datum in the space for the constant hanging of artwork for review and display. Bi-parting sliding glass doors are located directly over the wash in order to celebrate a specific moment in the desert landscape. The configuration of the windows allows views of the existing courtyard and Camelback Mountain.

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The Little Art Studio engages the circumstances of the site by deliberately establishing its own language that is at once a clear departure from the language of the existing main residence while maintaining respect for the site’s desert landscape.

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

The Little Art Studio, Paradise Valley – Builsing Information

Type: Addition to an existing residence
Project Completion: July 2017
Location: Paradise Valley, Arizona
Size: 1400 SF
Cost: Withheld at the Owner’s request

Architects: Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC
Szu-Ping Patricia Chen Suchart and Thamarit Suchart, AIA, (Principals)
Aaron Bass, (Project Team)
Structural Engineering: BDA Design, J. Greg Brickey, SE
Builder: Verge Design: Build, Joby Dutton, Mike Alexander

Graphics & Drawings: Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC
Primary Materials: (6) 36” diameter concrete caissons, (2) W24 X 68’s, composite concrete deck, conventional 2X framing (walls and roof), level 5 plaster, 4’ x 12’ x 11 ga A606 weathering steel panels, 1” insulated glazing (Solarcool Bronze with mirror finish on surface 1 and Solarban 70XL on surface 2, 50 mil single ply membrane roof, custom 11ga stainless steel countertop @ work sink

The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley

Photography: WINQUIST PHOTOGRAPHY, Matt Winquist

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