Two artists, Daud Akhriev and Melissa Hefferlin required a space they could live and work in without living in the middle of their work. The only must-have they mentioned was a north-facing, 50 foot long skylight. We designed a street-level art gallery, a visiting artist’s residence on the mezzanine, and the artists’ residence on the third floor. The painting studio became home to the giant skylight and can easily accommodate very large canvasses. The entire construction mingles an exposed structure, paint colors related to the artists’ individual palettes, local cut stone, and recycled materials. Built on an urban infill site, the studio is lush with natural daylight and perfectly balanced open spaces.