Studio Tour: Spaciousness Serves an East Coast Artist

A drastically different layout from the present house, this daring stuccoed addition hosts an expansive artist’s studio. Jessica Stockholder and Patrick Chamberlain, both performers, wanted to build a massive studio in which Stockholder could work. Architect Joseph Bergin worked with the couple to design a thoughtful 1,000-square-foot studio in which Stockholder can create her one of a kind sculptures.

Though the inclusion appears quite distinct from the present house, Stockholder and Chamberlain knew what they wanted from the get-go. “After perhaps two minutes into our first meeting, they said, ‘We want stucco cubes,'” says Bergin.

Who creates here: Jessica Stockholder
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Size: 1,600 square feet, including garage

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Bergin and his team demolished an present garage connected to the house to make space for the studio. The studio has an additional 600-square-foot section for cars.

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This connecting space between the studio and the house was a key part of the improvement’s design and functions as a mudroom. It blends the two buildings’ styles, combining traditional architecture with the stucco exterior of all the studio.

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Stockholder frequently creates her work in relation to wall and space, so she needs a lot of blank wall area. The walls inside her studio range from 12 to 16 feet high.

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Bergin installed clerestory windows over a number of walls to let in light without taking up valuable wall space.

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“I really like to sit in the middle of the studio, beneath the mosaic ceiling and with sight lines to all the artwork,” says Bergin. “There’s a brightness and a solemnness in that area that resonates with me after I have left, almost like a religious space.”

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An extra window on the back of the studio overlooks the garden.

Before Photo

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The inside space between the home and the studio takes up 250 square feet and includes dining room space.

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