Monday, October 11, 2010

Fritz Studio :: Giulietti/Schouten Architects

Last weekend was filled with wonderful design events, including the Portland Center for Architecture's AIA home tour (I was a docent at the King residence), the Lions Club Illumination Auction (more details to follow), and the grand opening party for Kristin Fritz's artist studio designed by Giulietti/Schouten Architects.  I've been watching this project take shape over the course of the last few months and was very excited to see the design come to life. 

Located in what was essentially an unusable area of Kristin's backyard, the studio gently responds to the existing home and landscape.  In fact, the architects designed the footprint to avoid the removal of any trees. 

The large sliding glass doors create a flexible space and were perfect for this party, allowing guests to easily meander in and out. 

I love how flexible this space can be- parties, long-term guests, or simply a gallery.  It's proven to be a huge asset to the existing home and I'm going to tuck this idea away for my future dream house.  One can dream, right?