The Studios in Seattle

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The Studios in Seattle

Acting, Dance, and Music Venue Development, Seattle, USA – design by Graham Baba Architects

Sep 26, 2018

The Studios, Times Square Building

Design: Graham Baba Architects

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

The Studios

The Studios is a 10,000-square-foot venue dedicated to the disciplines of acting, dance, and music. Occupying two floors of the historic Carl Gould-designed Times Square Building (constructed in 1916), the project transforms a dated, street-level retail space and basement into a bustling community and arts educational center.

The Studios in Seattle

Composed of seven rentable studios, The Studios was established to fill a city-wide void in state-of-the-art space for rehearsals, auditions, readings, recording sessions, and performances.

The Studios in Seattle

The Studios in Seattle

With four 1,000-square-foot studios, two flexible classrooms, and a recording studio set within the walls of a former bank vault, the facility provides a venue to incubate and launch local talent, and meet the growing demand for flexible performance space. Studio floors are sprung for dancing; two of the basement floors have resilient flooring for specialized dance and dance shoes, such as ballet point, and tap.

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Having served a variety of uses over the past century, the surface conditions of the building walls, floors, and ceiling plane were in poor condition. The design concept for The Studios was to create a simplified background where the activity of its occupants becomes the focal point. Volumes were stripped back to their essential forms, and virtually every surface was painted white. The exposed mechanical systems at the ceiling plane were sprayed with an acoustic material to create an visually simplified surface while enhancing acoustic performance. Perimeter windows were preserved to provide the city with opportunities to vicariously experience the artistic process occurring inside.

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Crisp modern insertions, such as the office which appears to float above one of the dance studios the office is accessed via a step ladder are rendered in simple, geometric forms. The custom-designed front desk is made from powder-coated steel and topped with large slabs of maple. Locker rooms are outfitted with minimal built-ins for temporary storage. Smaller studios feature glazed openings which visually connect the studios to one another and to common-areas.

The Studios in Seattle

The Studios in Seattle

The Studios in Seattle

The two-level space was opened up to yield twenty-foot-high spaces, sharing light and visually connecting the spaces. A new, floor-to-ceiling, steel-framed window wall divides the street-level performance space from the entry sequence making the activity visible toall.

The Studios in Seattle

The Studios in Seattle

In addition to providing a direct visual connection, the window wall symbolically creates a frame to capture the dancers movements, celebrating the activity as you would art on a gallery wall. Similarly, people in the common spaces are framed from the perspective of the dancers, thereby fully merging art with daily life.

The Studios in Seattle

The Studios in Seattle

The Studios, Seattle – Building Information

Project team: Graham Baba Architects (architecture and interiors)
Mike Wright (structural)
Arup (acoustical)
Dovetail (contractor)
Shanna and Ryan Waite (owners)
Graham Baba Architects design team:
Jim Graham
Melissa Glenn
Maureen O’Leary
Selected materials:
Stagestep (SpringStep IV, sprung floor subfloor system)
Stagestep (Timestep, vinyl, multipurpose dance flooring)
Lightology (Cirrus Channel, suspended LED linear lights)
Ligne Roset (Confluences, blue sofa)
Lyon (Standard Lockers, powder-coated red)
B&O Play (A9, freestanding white/maple speakers)
Custom Steel Window System (fabricated by Architectural Elements in Bellingham, WA)

The Studios in Seattle

The Studios in Seattle

Photography: Lara Swimmer Photography

The Studios in Seattle images / information received 260918

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

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