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Writers studios with ocean views

View in the landscape.

If you have ever been short of inspiration, a tonic might be found by working in the Middlebrook Studios, California. High in the hills they overlook the Pacific ocean to create a serene getaway in which a creative mind can thrive in splendid isolation.

Intended for writers on the Djerassi Resident Artists Programme, there were designed by Cass Calder Smith as four separate studios grouped into a collection by a steel canopy carrying a bank of PV cells. From within each studio there there is a sense of isolation as the neighbouring studios cannot be seen. The writer, the view, and their imagination for company.

From outside the buildings sit harmoniously in nature. Formally, each studio, though just a simple box, is skewed a few degrees, loosening the composition a little, whilst the strong canopy maintains the overall sense of unity.

Gratitude to World Architects for drawing this building to my attention.

Detail of the cabins.

Seen fron a distance.

Night view.

Ground plan

Site plan.

Design sketch.

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