Type: Garden Studio

Client: Private

Location: Hackney, London

Year: Completed 2018

The Print Studio

A garden studio for a print artist, inspired by the light chimneys at Sir John Soane’s Museum and the black fisherman’s huts in Hastings.

Nestled in the mature back garden of a Grade 2 listed Georgian Terraced house in Hackney, this low cost structure is designed around a large etching press and the working process of the artist client.

An asymmetric roof lends the building a distinct character, creating a light chimney which floods the workspace with indirect daylight while maintaining privacy to neighbours. An exposed structural timber frame articulates the interior space, while the external timber cladding ensures the outbuilding sits comfortably in its green garden setting.
“The overall design was simple and beautiful. Not only was everything fit for purpose (from the size of the sink to soak my paper in, to the width of the work benches) but the attention to detail in the  shape of the studio and materials used have produced a print studio which has more than fulfilled my dreams. I love both the design of the building and the feel of working in it. The Print Studio has transformed my working life. It is a beautiful, light, magical space .”

— Sue Aldworth, Printmaker

Proposed Site Plan

Structural Engineer - Jampel Davison & Bell
Contractor - McElligott Building Ltd.

Photography: Diogo Real

Hackney Design Awards 2018, Winner
NLA Don’t Move Improve Award 2019, Longlisted

Press and Publications:
New Architects 4, Architecture Foundation, October ‘20

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