penland school of crafts. penland, north carolina.
The concept of the blacksmith studio is highly influenced by its position on the site. Nestled on the upper half of the sloped site the studio optimizes its views to the landscape and the mountain range beyond. The program is strategically located within two buildings that establish an edge condition along the treeline while also defining the space between as a community space for studio work, sharing meals, and socializing.With the placement of the buildings on the site, the topography is considered and the goal is to minimize the impact on the site. The east studio is positioned slightly against the topography to make a gesture toward the landscape. This placement also allows the formal classroom, a highlight of the program, to be the only element that does not rest directly on grade.The forge areas are located within the walls adjacent to the wooded area. The forge areas are created using a thick concrete wall whose rhythm corresponds to the structural steel grid throughout. A clerestory is utilized in these individual work areas to control the level of lighting. The roof slopes downward in the direction of the community space and meets the low transparent interior walls.