Studio Drop, an off-grid artist studio, provides a secluded place that helps creatives commune in a reflective way. The cylindrical structure is sheathed in larch planks that bear the color of carrageenan seaweed, a plant indigenous to the Inis Oírr island where the studio is located. Studio Drop, designed by Jordan Ralph, uses its natural features and color to blend in with the land, building a serene space for creation. The seclusion aspect ensures that artist residencies are grounded and bereft of distraction.
To deal with the Galway coastline's stormy weather, Studio Drop takes references from the South African Antarctic research base. The tapered shape, comparable to a beehive or lighthouse, allows the structure to effectively weather turbulence by having the wind circumvent the sides rather than toppling it. Studio Drop was constructed as part of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture program.
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