Known for his fine art and work in fashion photography, German-born Juergen Teller commissioned London-based 6a Architects to design his new studio.
Built on a long, narrow plot, the studio consists of individual concrete spaces that are separated by garden courtyards. “The gardens are inspired by the urban gardens that spring naturally in ruinous or untouched corners of the city – especially those captured by R S R Fitter’s classic book, London's Natural History,” say the architects about their design. “In the first garden, a remnant of the concrete frame from a former building stands for plants to colonise.”
These courtyard spaces in between the concrete structures function as outdoor rooms and have been planted with local plants chosen by garden designer Dan Pearson to evoke areas of the city where trees and shrubs have naturally sprouted from buildings.
Concrete features throughout the building in various forms such as the cement block walls and cement poured floors. Outside, a wooden entrance and large window break the solid concrete façade giving a glimpse of the space inside. Inside, the concrete is softened by the natural light that infiltrates the building, as well as by the planted gardens. Brass hardware and grey timber joinery also introduce warm and tactile details in the interior space.
The studio includes a sauna and meditation room as well as an office, archive, studio, kitchen and library.
The central volume of the building contains the main studio area, which is illuminated from above by roof lights. A pair of narrow staircases on each side of the space lead up to storerooms housed in suspended concrete blocks.
6a Architects was founded in 2001 by Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald. The studio’s other notable projects include the renovation of a derelict house to form an extension for the South London Gallery.
Text source: 6a Architects
Images: Via Dezeen, photographs taken by Johan Dehlin