When renowned furniture designer Hugo de Ruiter decided to turn his Eindhoven home’s old brick construction into a sleek, inspiring design studio, he turned to the architects at Architecten|en|en. It was a solid move, because what they came up with- a unique, metallic workspace called “Studio R-1”- makes full use of the existing structure while utterly transforming it visually and functionally.
The architects extended the North-facing garage space “outward” using a metal-framed addition covered in a perforated metal skin that would allow light, even when closed. The addition’s metal skin effectively “locks up” de Ruiter’s home and workspace, but can be opened flood the studio office with light and fresh air when the weather allows. Drawing in natural light from the South …
… is a skylight the architects used to separate the existing roof from the new office/studio. That skylight works in concert with the perforated skin and de Ruiter’s own interior design talents to keep the space light and vibrant, even in Eindhoven’s long winter nights.
You can see more of de Ruiter’s garage-based office in the photo gallery, below, and by checking out the original DeZeen article the house was featured in. Then let us know what you think about the space and whether it lives up to the old idea that “the greenest building is the one that’s already built” in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!