Ex Machina Soundworks

Built on the site of single-story garage in Bushwick, this project is a Swiss-army knife of audio technology.  The new two-story facility contains a recording studio, an R&D lab, a factory assembly room, an anechoic testing chamber, a lounge, a roof deck, and restrooms, storage rooms, and mechanical spaces.

The state-of-the-art recording studio is a room of extremely precise dimensions floating within a concrete-block box.  Compositionally, that CMU box emerges on the front façade of the building, where it was painted by a graffiti artist commissioned by the owner.  The rest of the façade is Corten steel and Kalwall panels.

The R&D lab is a secure facility for designing audio equipment for the recording industry.  It’s illuminated by simulated skylights by Coelux.  The large assembly room is a factory floor, daylit by a giant roof monitor.  

The anechoic chamber is a specialized room for testing audio equipment. It combines acoustical isolation with sound-wave absorption to produce one of the quietest places in North America.  This room is so silent, any occupants are limited to 15-minute exposure by OSHA regulations.  

Halfway up the building stair is a break-out lounge with a wet bar.  It’s surrounded by built-in planters flourishing under all the natural light.  The stair terminates at a roof deck with views of the Manhattan skyline. 

Bushwick, Brooklyn
5500 s.f.
Year Completed
General Contractor
Imian Partners LLC
Structural Engineer
Angelos Georgopoulos
Jason Schmidt
MEP Engineer
Kohler Ronan