Architect Nathan Jenkins converted an old Masonic temple into a light-filled and functional photography studio in Denver, Colorado. The new building uses the old one’s original footprint but with the addition of a modern entrance and an expanse of glass.
From the architect:
With the intent being to minimize the construction waste and disposal of building materials, a substantial portion of the original building materials were salvaged and sold on Craigslist. Left with a hallow box of approximately 18′ x 86′, the first move was to bring the natural light back into what had become a dark and bad spirited place. A series of three 10′ x 10′ openings was introduced to the north side and several simple lines were drawn to contemporize the otherwise vanilla painted concrete block exterior. The northeast corner was lifted to exaggerate the natural perspective drawn from the street and the once asphalt lot adjacent to the building will be left for landscape and a private park.
Architects: Nathan Jenkins Studio, LLC
Location: Washington Park neighborhood in Denver, Colorado, 80210
Area: 1800 square feet
Materials: Ipe wood, glass, steel, stucco
Photos: Andrew Clark, Trevor Brown, Paul Winner