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Butterfly Studio



Valerie Schweitzer Architects (Photo credit: Tom Leighton)

The winner of the 2017 American Architecture Prize in the Small Architecture category has been announced, and it’s a knock-out! This is the Butterfly Studio by Valerie Schweitzer Architects, a beautiful little building tucked away in the a beautifully-manicured garden behind a family home in Westport, Connecticut. Inspired by the closing of a butterfly’s wings, this 350 square-foot art studio and private office is meant to serve as a peaceful retreat as well as a work space.

Lovingly constructed of glass, steel, concrete, and teak, the structure put an emphasis on sustainability, using  natural cross-ventilation and natural light to make it an ideal structure for daytime work at any time of the year. Looking like crystal shards emerging from the earth, it reminds me of a cute version of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. I think I could do some outstanding work in there!

Go check out Valerie Schweitzer Architects’ website for more of their beautiful builds.

All images property of Valerie Schweitzer Architects. Photos by Tom Leighton.

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Butterfly Studio

  1. Wouldn’t this be a fun place to work. My son has built a strange “little” house that looks very much like this. I think he used left over material. He has developed a system to secure sip panels into metal Ibeams. The results is very energy efficient. There is one built on Long Island that has an elect. bill of about $ 25.00 in the cold of the year.

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  2. I am a sucker for slick and teak, I suppose because my mother’s house was a mid-century home decorated in Danish modern style. I aspire to a tiny house too! Thanks for sharing this beauty.

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  3. What a charming little space. It’s rather tardis-like too I think I’m that the interior shots make it seem quite spacious. All that light would make it perfect for an art studio. My art space is my kitchen table (we have a dining table so I don’t have to share the space at least) so even a small space like that would be a huge improvement.

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  4. Sold! Bringing bed. Moving in. I wish! It’s so lovely!!! That lighting!!!

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  5. These are so charming! I would totally live and work in one of these. I don’t think I would ever leave! ❤

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