Artists in Residence: 18 Stunning Studios Designed for Cultivating Creativity

Taliesin Artist Residency Program

At the Taliesin School of Architecture in Scottsdale, Arizona – founded by Frank Lloyd Wright – an artist residency program invites visual artists to “engage and respond to the unique characteristics of the architectural sites of Taliesin and Taliesin West and their vibrant communities.” The campus itself is beautiful, and the school also sort of creates its own artist studios in the form of the small structures designed by its students and built in the desert environment as part of their education. Check out nine of those shelters at Metropolis.

BadGast Shipping Container Studio by Refunc for Satellietgroep

It’s definitely not fancy, but the Badgast shipping container studio by Refunc, installed in the Netherlands in 2009, is definitely unique. Two shipping containers form the basis of a workspace and tiny living unit for ever-changing artists in residence. It was commissioned by the Satellietgroep, which “explores through arts and culture how the sea and waterways influence cities, people, communities and environment.” They encourage artists who stay there to interact with the coastal community and allow it to influence their work.

Observatory Mobile Artist Residence by FCB Studios

‘The Observatory’ is a duo of mobile artist residences by four graduate students from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Built on portable foundations, the structures include a study and a workshop that were installed in four different locations over a two-year period. The swiveling bases allow them to change their views whenever the visiting artist is ready for a refresh.

Artist Studio Home by Jun Igarashi

Designed for a group of artists living communally, ‘Bending House in Oasa’ is a beautiful example of a combination artist studio and residence, with the entire design focused on the artists’ needs. Located in Ebetsu, Japan, the house by Jun Igarashi is a collection of wood-clad boxes oriented tor receive maximum daylight while preserving privacy for everyone who lives there. As a result, the bedrooms feel like private alcoves, while the common spaces – including the work desks on a mezzanine level – are open to the double-height living area.