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A Small Studio, Bogotá, 2016


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A view of the workspace 

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  • A view of the workspace    
  • A view of the workspace    
  • A view of the workspace from the front    
  • Shelving with indirect lighting    
  • The mobile plan chest    
  • Shelving detail    
  • The artist workspace    
  • Detail of the panel    
  • Detail of acrylic    
  • Joinery detail    
  • A detail of the laser-cut panel    
  • Room Elevations    
  • Drawing for the laser-cut panel    
  • Development model of the joinery    

An artist’s workspace that doubles as a bedroom

The aim of the project was to provide a working studio for the client who is a painter working in the countryside, but needed a desk-based studio to work from when she visits the city.

Space was limited, so the room doubles up as a bedroom for family guests.

The family is spread between New York City, Bogotá, London and Auckland so the architect prepared a corner wall-mounted backdrop for the desk that shows a navigable route using waterways to visit all cities. The route was laser cut on acrylic reflective panels and embedded as the centrepiece of the workspace.

The rest of the room is a functional space that doubles up as a light-filled artist studio, a guest room, and a concealed library.


  • Begun: Feb 2016
  • Completed: May 2016
  • Floor area: 20m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £12,000
  • Funding: private
  • Tender date: Aug 2015
  • Procurement: bespoke/bilingual
  • Address: Cra 10 #86-13, 40 Martell Road, Bogotá, Bogota, United Kingdom

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