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Fallingwater Institute’s summer residency programs have a new educational hub

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed the project.

February 25, 2019 |
High meadow studio in the forest

Photo: Christian Phillips

Students of the Fallingwater Institute’s summer residence programs in architecture, art, and design have a new educational hub courtesy Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Dubbed High Meadow Studio, the building is an addition to and renovation of an existing garage.

The garage was previously used as the summer programs’ design studio, but the small size limited capacity while the lack of natural daylight, views, and ventilation disconnected the space from the nearby meadow. The new studio doubles the existing footprint and adds a fabrication shop, review space, storage, support spaces, a covered outdoor work area, and a strong connection to the natural surroundings.


High Meadow Studio exteriorPhoto: Christian Phillips.

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The existing garage structure was re-skinned and re-purposed to serve as the fabrication shop. Opaque double garage doors were replaced with translucent panels that open to direct views of the meadow. The studio addition is positioned into the forest between mature trees and includes a translucent north wall paired with a full-length pin-up southern wall.

Two red-stained plywood cores house the support and storage spaces and frame the link between the shop and the studio. Roof vents draw air from the forest floor across the studio through operable panels and custom screens block insects from entering the space.


High meadow studio outdoor work spacePhoto: Christian Phillips.


High meadow studio interior workshop spaceCourtesy BCJ.


High meadow studio interior studio space with students at workCourtesy BCJ.


The repurposed High Meadow Studio garage workspacePhoto: Christian Phillips.

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