Studio One, LLC
“Polycarbonate Panels fill Housatonic Artist Studio with Natural Daylight”
- Architect: AF Architecture, Hillsdale, NY
- General Contractor: CATCO, Inc., Great Barrington, MA
- Polycarbonate: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA and AmeriLux International, De Pere, WI
- COR-TEN steel siding, fascia and metal trim: Al Smith Gutters
Once a mill village, Housatonic, MA is now home to a thriving artist community. At present, there are three commercial galleries and over thirty artist studios, many located in the Housatonic Mill Revitalization Overlay District.
Designed by AF Architecture, Studio One is one of many beautifully renovated historic buildings in the Revitalization District. Originally constructed in the 1890’s, this former textile mill was recently converted into a single family residence with an amazing studio space.
The renovation of this historic building was challenged with a unique condition. A fire in the 1990’s had destroyed a large part of the building; leaving the north side of the three-story brick building completely open to the exterior at the ground level. While this presented a great opportunity to not only incorporate daylighting into the design, it also allowed the design team to use a material that would also provide some degree of privacy, as well as thermal protection.
Working with EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc. and AmeriLux International, the architectural design firm chose a 40mm LEXAN� THERMOCLICK� polycarbonate sheet system as their daylighting solution for this renovation project. With a specially designed tongue and groove connection, LEXAN� THERMOCLICK� installs quickly, offers very high thermal insulation, and is available in a wide range of colors and aesthetic effects.
Providing the optimal amount of daylight and desired privacy, the opal-colored THERMOCLICK� polycarbonate panels contrast nicely with the existing brick structure. The panels were also designed to playfully echo the rhythm of the fenestrations above, interrupted by the sliding door openings and framed with COR-TEN steel siding and fascia.
According to the General Contractor, CATCO, Inc., the shop drawings were complete and clear. Installation of the polycarbonate panels was a success. Significant cost savings were achieved because the LEXAN� THERMOCLICK� system was installed over a stud wall.
“The translucent panels evoke a feeling of solid light,” said Grigori Fateyev, principal and owner of AF Architecture, “Bringing in the daylight to the painting studio or spilling the light from the interior into the garden. The polycarbonate panels create a beautiful background for an eclectic collection of found objects and paintings by owner while filling the space with daylight.”
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