Artist House & Studio

Real clients, fictional narratives

Academic project
Washington University in St. Louis
ARCH 412 / Spring 2020
Instructed by Stephen Leet

Three artists were chosen as the clients: Richard Long, Rebecca Horn, and Brian Eno. Everything else is essentially fictional: the site set within Casper David Friedrich’s painting The Grosse Gehege of Dresden, the client artists' personal relationships to one another, and the narratives that determined the architecture of the clients’ living and work spaces.

While the three artists were originally chosen for their dramatic contrasts in persona and artwork/media, these artists may be more alike than they are different. The three individuals revered organic processes, manifesting differently in each artist's introverted working methodologies and material choices. The open-circulation within the house/studio programming enables the three artists to work from various angles and organically circulate and absorb elements from each other's methodologies, attesting to artistic inspiration also being an organic process. Outdoor platform spaces are additional stages for artworks that require direct association with the outside world. The whole building is encased by an adjustable membrane that reverberates and reflects into the building the sounds, light, and views of David Friedrich's painted landscape.