For a now-postponed expansion of this popular facility, favored by musicians for its whimsical, thematic studios, plans were developed to add two new recording suites in a second building a few doors down from their current location. A range of client amenities were incorporated, with space allotted for a future third studio. Work included upgrade of the nondescript facade.
The design vocabulary was inspired by visionary Danish architect and designer Verner Panton, whose futuristic designs became synonymous with 1960’s pop culture. Not simply applied as pastiche, Panton’s signature forms and elements were rethought and repurposed by applying a holistic design philosophy. Just as Panton transcended traditional notions of the surface as a distinct entity, sinuous flowing perimeters carve out spaces. Sharp corner angles are replaced by soft rounded contours. Fields of spherical forms cover walls and ceilings to disperse sound, marrying referential forms with purposeful function. Circular air registers and concealed lighting exemplify the care given to integrate building systems and protect the design’s visual integrity.