Riverside Gem in Clay

Artist studios are often studied by architecture students. An architectural graduate might take a short pause to reflect on the importance of understanding a building with such concise brevity. Studying small buildings aid the comprehension of architectural dialogue (a relationship) between poetics and structure, without the burdens of complex program.

When skillfully designed, a simple building characterizes the basic premise of architecture, which in its most essential form is purposed as a place. This informal commentary includes photographs of a design project by Vietnamese firm Tropical Space. The project is an artist studio constructed of brick with vented masonry in double-wythe courses.

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Terra Cotta Studio designed by Tropical Space. © Oki Hiroyuki, photographer

An artist studio is a spatial confluence of personality and productivity. A studio is built from an artist’s accomplishment; it functions based on the authority of authorship. The artist’s activity and inventory are accommodated and enhanced by a customized space.

The architectural photos show clay as a primary medium of artist Le Duc Ha and his architects, who selected brick. The secondary medium of the architecture is bamboo, constructed as a matrix frame for storing artwork.

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Terra Cotta Studio designed by Tropical Space. © Oki Hiroyuki, photographer

Together, location and construction method may inspire any architecture of possibility. Human scale is evident in this architecture project, as it is for structures designed to be built by hand. The catchphrase “socially conscious” could be supported by recounting the employment of local materials and labor.

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Terra Cotta Studio designed by Tropical Space. © Oki Hiroyuki, photographer

Artists and architects might share something in common like an approach to material and medium, or a creative process.

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Terra Cotta Studio designed by Tropical Space. © Oki Hiroyuki, photographer

Early built work is key to developing an emerging architect’s client list. Artist studios and rural settings are gems for a portfolio of built work.

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Written by CPG

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CREDIT
Tropical Space Co. Ltd., architecture. Terra Cotta Studio. Le Duc Ha, client. Nguyen Hai Long, Tran Thi Ngu Ngon, Nguyen Anh Duc, Trinh Thanh Tu; architects. Local workers, builders. Clay solid brick, solid wood, concrete, bamboo; materials. Dien Phuong, Dien Ban, Quang Nam Province, VN, c. 2016.
Oki Hiroyuki, photographer.
NEWS SOURCE
“Terra Cotta Studio / Tropical Space” 17 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2018. <https://www.archdaily.com/791430/terra-cotta-studio-tropical-space/> ISSN 0719-8884
Amy Frearson, “Tropical Space uses perforated brickwork to build riverside pottery studio in Vietnam,” Dezeen, 19 July 2016.

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