Project Detail


Artist Bridge Studio

San Diego, CA United States


Project Description

2007 RADA

Renovation / Merit

This studio addition creates an airy, light-filled workspace for an artist client. But it also enhances the existing house's relationship to its rugged site—a feat that particularly impressed the judges. "It has embraced the outdoor world in a phenomenal way," said one.

Architects Taal Safdie and Ricardo Rabines envisioned the new addition as a bridge jutting out from the main house, which they designed back in 1994. The studio spans a shallow arroyo next to the house, easing the way to a previously hard-to-reach hillside. "One of the ideas [behind] putting the addition there was to give the owners access to a really beautiful part of their property," Safdie explains.

Concrete piers and site-built trusses support the structure, and enormous sliding doors on either side let the owners open the project almost completely to its external environment. "There's minimal impact on the site," one judge raved. "It's a glorious space."


Project Details

Artist Bridge Studio
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Project Team:
    Taal Safdie and Ricardo Rabines, Principals in Charge; Charles Crawford, Project Architect.
  • General Contractor: Dana Cavanaugh 
  • Landscape Architect: Leslie Ryan, Leslie A. Ryan 
  • Photography: Undine Pröhl 
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Project Size:
    1,200 sq ft
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