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Smith Ranch Art Studios A former warehouse is adpated to artists’ studios in San Rafael, California

Highlights

  • Adaptive re-use of warehouse for art studios
  • Daylighting and energy efficient artificial lighting.
  • Open ceiling environment.
  • Shared garden, gallery space and other amenities.

Smith Ranch Studios is the realization of a client’s vision to convert a light industrial warehouse in a San Rafael into studios for visual artists. The program called for creating a physical environment designed to fulfill artists’ needs and foster community by providing communal space and shared amenities. To accomplish the program, the warehouse was gutted and the interior was developed as an open ceiling environment to facilitate the distribution of shared lighting. A variety of studio sizes share an intimate garden, a gallery space for artist shows, as well as kitchen and cleanup facilities.