NYC Architect Builds His Own Studio Retreat to Escape the City

Just a few blocks from the swooping Barclays Center arena in downtown Brooklyn sits an unexpectedly quiet haven, a petite 1,300-square-foot patch of green punctuated by a small outbuilding. This modest structure, a single room with just enough space for an army cot or chair, was designed and built by architect Nicholas Hunt, who runs the studio Hunt Architecture with his brother, Andrew, in addition to working for larger firms.

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Architect Nicholas Hunt used his garden as a laboratory for his budding private practice, creating a 55-square-foot studio filled with handcrafted details, including a half-inch reveal surrounding the front window and a Plexiglas skylight. “When a place is this small, the minimal details need to be nice,” Hunt says.
Architect Nicholas Hunt used his garden as a laboratory for his budding private practice, creating a 55-square-foot studio filled with handcrafted details, including a half-inch reveal surrounding the front window and a Plexiglas skylight. “When a place is this small, the minimal details need to be nice,” Hunt says.
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The building’s design was determined by the desire for a strong geometric form and by the materials Hunt could find. The cedar cladding is meant to fade over time.
The building’s design was determined by the desire for a strong geometric form and by the materials Hunt could find. The cedar cladding is meant to fade over time.
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The interior features fence pickets from Hunt’s parents’ house and a rotating selection of furniture from his apartment.
The interior features fence pickets from Hunt’s parents’ house and a rotating selection of furniture from his apartment.
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Windows oriented toward nature shut out the city.
Windows oriented toward nature shut out the city.
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“It’s a perfect spot for an afternoon nap, a makeshift painting studio, or a quiet space to have a drink with a friend.” —Nicholas Hunt, architect
“It’s a perfect spot for an afternoon nap, a makeshift painting studio, or a quiet space to have a drink with a friend.” —Nicholas Hunt, architect
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