Reto Geiser
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In the painting “St. Jerome in his Study” (1460–1475), painter Antonella da Messina grants us a look at a hermit, studying in a wooden structure. The study—a space within a space—successfully changes the scale of the surrounding representative architecture and creates an enclosed universe of focused study.

This conversion of an existing artist’s studio is based on a comparable spatial ambition. Instead of segmenting the generous space of this former industrial workshop, the precise placement of an inhabitable core allowed for a reorganization of the studio. The “Studiolo” comprises a kitchen, a bathroom, a workspace and a sleeping area. The resulting poché spaces serve as library and art storage.

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