artist's studio & residence
Set in historic Greenwich Village, the estate of an artist consisted of his residence and art studio. In 2007, Caliper was brought on board as architects for the restoration and renovation of the site. The residence is still home to the artist’s widow, while the studio is shared by the artist’s estate and the foundation that was created to preserve the works and legacy of the artist. Transforming the aging roofs into a quiet landscape of wall to wall sedum plants, the renovation creates an urban sculpture garden, framed by the tall rugged buildings of Manhattan’s west side. The sedum plantings continue onto two new concrete shell skylights whose curved form gently diffuses light into the renovated studio below. The quality and character of the original studio have been maintained through original artifacts, including the artist’s built-in wall easel system and paint splattered floor.