The exterior of the building is clad in 2" by 2" redwood slats that screen the skin of the building. A 4" gap between the screen and the buildings exterior creates a transparency and play of shadows that enlivens the façade, and softens the buildings mass. The effect of the light coming through the screen is similar to the light filtering through the trees behind the studio, creating an intimate relationship between the building and it's surroundings.
The redwood screen has been left untreated. This was designed both to reduce maintenance, and to allow it to patina to a silvery gray that will soften the appearance of the exterior, further connecting it to its natural surroundings. The interior walls of the building are clad in 2' by 8' sheets of Maple plywood, treated with a mixture of beeswax and linseed oil, to create a natural durable surface. The plywood walls were designed to add warmth to the interior, causing the light entering the building to cast a tranquil glow. The subtle grain of the plywood paneling contrasts beautifully with the white ceiling and stair wall, giving them a crisp and clean appearance.
Most of the windows are placed on the front façade of the building, capturing the soft northern light. A panoramic window wraps the corner of the front façade, echoing the horizontality of the neighborhood. The window was designed to frame a cluster of iconic giant palms, which make the view undeniably Southern California. Standing at these windows, the viewer has a sense that they are in a control tower, surveying the landscape.
4 square skylights, arranged in a row above the stairwell, bring light filtered by the trees at the rear of the site into the studio's south side, and deep into the first floor.
The redwood screen on the exterior of the studio was designed to not only shade the building from the sun, but to allow air to flow between the screen and the building's skin which helps it maintain an even interior temperature throughout the day.
Standing at these windows, the viewer has a sense that they are in a control tower, surveying the landscape.