The aim was to build a structure that inspires. That may not have been the explicit directive from the client, but considering that the building’s future occupants—writers, poets, composers and playwrights—would settle here for one-month periods to commune with their muses, the creative process was at the forefront for each of the designers during the building of cabins for participants in the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.
To minimize the impact on the land and stay within the very limited budget, the design team created four identical studio forms, clad them in red cedar boards and staggered them under a steel canopy sliced with skylights. The canopy skylights mirror those cut into the roofs of the cabins, giving each resident a view of the sky and creating an ever-changing play of light and shadow.
Cass Calder Smith , Timothy Quayle, Barbara Turpin-Vickroy