After 20 years of living in New York City, painter and DJ Andrea Shapiro decided that she needed a change of pace. Drawn to the beauty of the Hamptons, Andrea found herself inspired by the ocean and influenced by the light and color of the landscape. In collaboration with her architect lead, Maziar Behrooz of MB Architecture, they designed both a living and studio space that embraces the natural environment while at the same time nurturing Andrea’s creative expression. The end result is a free-spirited lifestyle that is truly Inspired by Design.
There are some shipping container building projects, but this art studio is truly gorgeus. The artist had a limited budget of $60,000 to work with and wanted something close to home that was both functional as a working space, but would also be inviting and reflective. The exterior is kept very simply as the shipping container, but painted gray for a sophisticated look and a way to blend the container into the wooded environment. Inside, bright white walls act as a blank canvas for new artwork and ample daylighting streams in through the large windows on either end.
Shapiro’s project is built with two 9’6″ x 40′ x 8′ shipping containers — obtained for $2,500 each (including delivery) — to act as the roof for the rest of the container studio. The containers were placed on top of 9′ foundation walls, and most of the steel flooring was removed to open up and provide access to the lower level. With the stairs connecting both levels, the studio ended up with expansive 18′ floor to ceiling walls and abundant natural lighting. Shapiro now has about 850 square feet and plenty of wall space to hang future pieces.
An amazing example of how beautiful shipping container architecture can be.
Photo credits: Dalton Portella, Francine Fleischer and Maziar Behrooz.