A Painter’s Paradise

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Artists don’t get to be choosy when it comes to a workspace – in general, we’ll take whatever we can get. But this seaside studio oasis conceived by architects Felipe Assadi, Francisca Pulido, and Alejandra Araya would be any painter’s dream come true; La Casa Bahia Azul, a main living space, combined with a painting studio that boldly juts out among the rocky cliffs form an environment that fuels focus, meditation, and creativity.

Simple in both material and form, the brutalist board-formed concrete structure provides a subtle contrast to the lush Chilean coastline

Simple in both material and form, the brutalist board-formed concrete structure provides a subtle contrast to the lush Chilean coastline much like the jagged stone peaks that find their way from land to sea. Yet somehow the sturdy, solid walls feel incredibly light; one can barely distinguish between interior and exterior as an abundance of natural rays flood each room through generous glass-paneled walls, windows, and skylights. Sparse decoration throughout allows for clarity of thought — and for enormous messes to be made within. A descent beneath the earth down a narrow metal staircase forms a hidden entry to the isolated studio that lives in a world of its own. One can see a spectacular view of the Los Vilos coastline beyond that is nothing short of inspirational, while in La Casa Bahia Azul a series of meticulously crafted apertures frame endless coastal compositions. Modest in both construction and conception, this residence embodies an ideal of natural beauty and a deep connection to place, an artist’s singular isolation from the oversaturated, fabricated world of modern man.

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Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

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