Little Art Studio / Chen + Suchart Studio

Little Art Studio , Chen + Suchart Studio

Project: Little Art Studio
Architects: Chen + Suchart Studio
Author: Szu-Ping Patricia Chen Suchart and Thamarit Suchart, AIA
Team: Aaron Bass
Location: Paradise Valley, United States
Area: 16823.0 ft2
Year 2017
Photography: Matt Winquist

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

Little Art Studio , Chen + Suchart Studio 1

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 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.

Little Art Studio , Chen + Suchart Studio 2

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 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.

Little Art Studio , Chen + Suchart Studio 3

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. 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.

Little Art Studio , Chen + Suchart Studio 4

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.

Little Art Studio , Chen + Suchart Studio 5

Little Art Studio , Chen + Suchart Studio 6

Little Art Studio , Chen + Suchart Studio 7

Little Art Studio , Chen + Suchart Studio 8

Little Art Studio , Chen + Suchart Studio 9

Little Art Studio , Chen + Suchart Studio 10

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Wicker Park House, Chicago / dSPACE Studio

This 1890s home, located in Chicago’s Wicker Park landmark district, was a rental three-flat for decades and had fallen into disrepair. The new owners wanted to revitalize the structure in a way that respects its history while appealing to their strong modern aesthetic.

Gascon Apartment in Buenos Aires / a High Space Transformed into a Modern Home

Located in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Gascon apartment is the result of collaboration between Remy Arquitectos, Giovanni Antico Gagliardini and MYOO. Project description: A big...