Artists Studio – the importance of light

Paul Barton from Roomworks has sent over this montage of photos of their latest completed project – an artist’s studio that sits on a difficult plot as Paul explains:

It stands around 5m high and is pretty much touching 3 boundaries and taking up nearly half the available garden. At just under 30m2 too it is one big shed! Planning permission was required. Can there have been a bigger garden room built relative to the size of plot – perhaps your readers can throw some light on this!!
The client is a professional artist selling his own work but also teaching. The studio is west facing and the building was carefully designed to create exactly the right natural light internally. It was important to maximize the amount of light from the north – hence the three big electronically controlled Velux skylights on the north roof elevation and the a-symmetrical pitched roof which bounced the light back into the space. The vaulted ceiling height was important to create the right effect. Direct light from the south is a problem because it changes so much as the sun moves across the sky.
Apparently cool light from the north is traditionally the artist’s preferred light and we had some specialist input from Velux themselves who have a nifty bit of software that helps you visualise (as best you can) what the light will look like in your proposed space. Special consideration was given to correctly balanced artificial lighting too.

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