From Industry To Art
Set in a converted industrial building, this studio/ home is a larger example of an open plan solution to a live/ work space. The aim of this design was not just to fit the purposes of the current requirements, but also to provide for any future needs. This helped to inform the designs informal approach to atmosphere.
This usefully labelled plan guides you through the open space. This too is the case in real life as the space itself leads you through from part to the next. The designers say "The different functions are arranged in order of privacy around the space, with the entrance opening into the studio work area, through the library, dining, kitchen & sitting areas; culminating with the bedroom & washroom." It makes clever use of industrial shelving in an 'L' formation to separate the live space from the work space, along with full height curtain. As can be seen, there is still evidence of the industrial history of the building in the steel columns.
I like this precedent very much. The industrial feel works very well with the open plan idea and compliments the artist's studio usage. I think that it is key to lay out the spaces in an appropriate manner which guides the inhabitants through it, linking one to the next fluidly, much like in this example.