Winner of the 2017 American Architecture Prize. Inspired in part by the closing of a butterfly’s wings and other organic forms, this 350 square-foot art studio and private office for a family home in Westport, Connecticut, provides a serene refuge.

Butterfly Studio by Valerie Schweitzer Architects

Architect: Valerie Schweitzer Architects
Location: Westport, Connecticut, USA
Photography: Tom Leighton

Butterfly Studio by Valerie Schweitzer Architects

Project's description: Like shards protruding from the earth, the studio’s angled panels clad in stucco and recycled teak, impart a primitive and futuristic quality at the same time. The structure exploits the potential of glass, wood and steel.

Butterfly Studio by Valerie Schweitzer Architects

The expansive skylight of steel and thermally-insulated glass eliminates the need for day-lighting, even for an artist. It also creates an airiness despite the confined floor plate. Efficiency is furthered by the sealed poured concrete floor that contains radiant heat piping; one may roll a work desk on wheels throughout the space.

Butterfly Studio by Valerie Schweitzer Architects

Due to the skylight and narrow windows, there is a strong sense of privacy and being hidden from the rest of the world. The view of changing skies and light create an optimal space for intermittent reflection during artistic production. 

Butterfly Studio by Valerie Schweitzer Architects

Cross-ventilation is achieved by carefully placed windows that capture breezes off the proximate Long Island Sound. A half-bath is included.

Butterfly Studio by Valerie Schweitzer Architects

Butterfly Studio by Valerie Schweitzer Architects

Butterfly Studio by Valerie Schweitzer Architects

Butterfly Studio by Valerie Schweitzer Architects

Butterfly Studio by Valerie Schweitzer Architects

Butterfly Studio by Valerie Schweitzer Architects

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Butterfly Studio by Valerie Schweitzer Architects

Inspired in part by the closing of a butterfly’s wings and other organic forms, this 350 square-foot art studio and private office for a family home in Westport

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