The GRADE architectural practice designed this private residence of a mosaic artist and named the project Studio House being located in a natural setting in Virginia Beach, Virginia that offers expansive views of the Chesapeake Bay.
The wooded area offered sufficient privacy to the inhabitants so the designers could take advantage of the beautiful landscape and use large glass areas for a constant connection with the surroundings. This allowed the artist to have a creative space where he can work without being in a truly enclosed environment.
The interior uses natural materials with a foundation of earthy tones and textures along with mahogany wood, Italian marble and a curved zinc rooftop to provide a diverse ambiance with warm or neutral colors. The curved room offers a way of scaling the beachside room so that it can expand as one is closer to the bay, filtering the views of the water.