The Art Farm and AIR Serenbe collaborated with Rural Studio to construct the first wave of live-work artist cottages, opened in January 2016. 

Rural Studio is an off-campus design-build program of Auburn University, established in 1993 by D.K. Ruth and Samuel Mockbee to give architecture students a hands-on educational experience. The artist cottages are on Rural Studio’s 20K House project that began in 2005 as a research project to address the need for affordable housing, provide an alternative to the mobile home and accommodate potential homeowners who are unable to qualify for commercial credit.

The objective of the Art Farm Rural Studio collaboration is to design and build a model house that could be reproduced on a large scale by a contractor.

The first two cottages were donated to Serenbe Institute to house visiting artists through the AIR (artist in residence) Program. Learn more about the AIR Serenbe Program.

We are thrilled by all the interest in the Rural Studio designed artist cottages and inquires to tour them. During the majority of the year we have artist in residence living in the cottages and are unable to open them to the public. 

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