The transformation of an urban warehouse created a vibrant, open studio space for internationally renowned artist Sam Gilliam.
Set in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington, DC, the site originally included a two-story brick building that had been modified several times, serving as a store, gas station, office, and warehouse. The award-winning adaptive use project created a large working studio, with a woodshop, an office, and storage for paintings and supplies.
A BOX IN A BOX
Modified many times through the years, including an infill of the entire site with a high-bay masonry structure, left the interior as a patchwork of building materials. The design solution involved the insertion of multiple freestanding interventions within the existing structure. A two-story volume, composed of metal studs and gypsum board, created a box within a box to serve as the office. The original brick building now houses the woodworking shop on the first floor and storage on the second floor.
“A great marriage between the building and the client’s needs. The design intelligence brought to bear in the transformation of this warehouse space transcended its modest materials and budget…It’s the perfect foil for the artist’s colorful work.”
– Jury, Inform Awards
The expansive studio supports the fabrication of the artist’s multi-story color-stained canvases.
Exterior modifications enhanced the building’s presence along the street front.