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Roberts Street Chaplet

A mobile studio, the Roberts Street Chaplet merges the simplest of forms with the smartest of materials to create a unique workspace for the artist.

By: JLG Architects

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Exterior view of the mobile chaplet.

Project Details

  • Project Name: Roberts Street Chaplet
  • Client: Marjorie Schlossman
  • Project Type: Architectural design
  • Principal Designer: Joel Davy
  • Design Team: JLG Architects
  • Date of commencement of project: March 2005
  • Date of completion of project: June 2006
  • Location of site: Fargo, North Dakota, USA
  • Built-up Area: 98 square feet
  • Cost of Construction: USD 25,000 (including fees)

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Interior view of the chaplet looking towards the painting alcove.

The Building

The Chaplet was commissioned by an artist interested in creating a spiritual, meditative space where she would paint in response to the qualities of space and light.

Architecture-Page | Roberts Street Chaplet by JLG Architects
Diffused light and the exaggerated verticality help create spaciousness within the chaplet.

The elemental form of the gable roof on a simple cuboid is intended to create a structure that lies somewhere between a small temple and a simple farm building.

Steel post-and-beam construction along with the gridiron translucent plastic infill panels gives the chaplet a Japanese character.

Architecture-Page | Roberts Street Chaplet by JLG Architects
The chaplet provides a mobile studio for the artist.

The 8'x12' interior is experienced as three separate spaces: the entry, the painting alcove, and the seating alcove.

Diffused light coupled with the exaggerated verticality of the chaplet create spaciousness within its limited volume.


  • Text by Joel Davy, Courtesy of the architect
  • Photographs by Lonnie Laffen, Courtesy of the architect
  • Compiled and edited by Manish Mehta

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