When Tokyo architect Yuko Shibata and her husband looked to remodel an apartment they had just purchased, she knew that she wanted to include a home office from which she could base her firm. The only problem was that her husband wanted it to feel like a home too. So Shibata designed a sliding wall that fit over the dining table, allowing the room to function as both a meeting space and library.
After years of crashing on the floor in his studio, artist Kent Monkman decided it was time for a change. Upon buying a home on a Victorian-lined street in Toronto, Monkman hired architectural designer Jason Halter to oversee a renovation. Now Monkman has a studio, gallery, and living quarters all in one expansive, airy space.
Though it rests on the site of a former mine, this mixed-use development in Bath, England houses several eco-conscious residences in addition to an exhibition space that explores the history of the village.
As the Chicago-based rep for Burton snowboards, Matt Hoffman was doing a lot of running around to showrooms. So when he bought a funky former funeral home, he enlisted Morlen Sinoway to help him transform the space, which now contains a bright, homey apartment and a storefront beneath it.
In addition to housing his firm's central office, architect Nathan Lee Colkitt's mixed-use San Diego structure also contains several apartments, a recording studio, and a hair salon.
After buying a storefront property on a commercial street in Toronto, architect Tamira Sawatzky and artist Elle Flanders converted the space into a home that had enough space to accomodate each of their own personal business ventures.