A windowless façade. The studio’s extraordinary external appearance might leave an observer with a sense of oppression or being closed in. Because the rooms, internal courtyard, and the external façade appear dominated by clay bricks, the arrangement of which creates different patterns on the walls. In places, orderly openings provide a view to the outside; in other places, the wall is solid.
The backing bricks, combined with the large windows and maple wood floors and ceilings, create a special atmosphere in the studio. This type of architecture – which appears monotonous at first glance but turns out, on closer inspection, to be very well thought out – emerged from the philosophy of the design team: ‘We want to take the local traditions and materials of the places where we work and apply them in a contemporary way – not with trendy shapes and fireworks, but with silence, space, and a sense of emptiness’. The building’s earthquake-resistant construction is another design feature inspired by the local area.