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.