Re-Adapting the Traditional Artist Studio Model


Can we apply space rationalisation to an artist studio model? To create a future space?

“Space rationalisation has given rise to a shift towards open plan offices, while concepts of agile and flexible working mean that modern environments are increasingly divided around different tasks rather than allocated to individuals and teams. Longer working hours and the rise of mobile, flexible and always-connected communications and collaboration tools and devices have led to a blurring of the boundaries of offices, homes, and ‘third’ space environments including cafes, libraries and other environments that are neither office or home.” – Claremont (

What would a future artist space look like? At Artist Hive Studios we aim to apply the same principles when approaching the idea of space. Traditional studio models seem to lack the same efficiency that is being applied to co-working spaces and office models. With spaces often lacking the connectivity and collaboration. Studios are often divided into isolated pods with artists unable to foster communities as quickly as they should. What would a ‘third space’ look like? What could be done if you approached the architecture of the space with the concept first, ensuring transparency within the architecture itself. We hope to challenge these very principles when re-thinking the traditional model. Efficiency of space, flexibility and connected-ness both offline and online.