SubCat Studios, 219 Southwest Street Syracuse, Music Studio Building New York State

219 West Syracuse, New York

Music Recoding Building in NY design by Fiedler Marciano Architecture LLP, USA

28 Jul 2011

Location: 219 WEST, Syracuse, New York, USA

Design: Fiedler Marciano Architecture LLP

219 West Syracuse

219 West Syracuse SubCat Studios building
photos : Chris Cooper Photographer

219 West Syracuse – SubCat Studios

Sight and sound: The primary facade is opened up by large storefront windows that create a dialogue between the studio and the urban environment. Unlike most recording facilities, which are sealed acoustic boxes, passersby can peer into live recording sessions at SubCat Studios from the sidewalk.

Closing the gap: The new glass-enclosed lobby addition projects from the historic building and counterbalances its solidity. The transparent structure brings light into the lobby and café, which serve as a public gathering place shared by the Red House Arts Center and the tenants of 219 West.

219 West Syracuse: SubCat Studios interior

Best face forward: The renovation opens up the building to downtown Syracuse and the SALT District and establishes a presence on both the front and back facades. Two design elements – the elevator tower clad in corrugated metal panels and the glass addition – combine with the historic architecture to create a straightforward and contemporary composition.

Scene and be seen: The exterior design emphasizes transparency and openness, which contrasts with the strict acoustic and vibration requirements necessitated by the recording studio. Inside the building, the architects replaced the existing floor framing with floating concrete slabs to buffer sound and vibrations from passing trains.

Community culture: The diverse program for the building draws in the community and encourages local residents to engage with the facility. The center contains an array of functions that can be enjoyed by Syracuse residents and university students.

Home away from home: To create a 24/7 community, the building includes residential units that accommodate recording artists, performance artists, and theater, dance and musical troupes. These units serve as alternatives to long-term hotel suites, and allow artists to create a home-away-from-home.

219 West Syracuse SubCat Studios

Tower – perforated corrugated metal panels
Storefronts – glazed panels including back-painted glass, illuminated translucent glass, bronze reflective glass and clear glass, aluminum diamond plate surrounds
Site – rock filled gabion cages at parking area

Lobby/café – sheet vinyl flooring, plywood wall panels, expanded metal ceiling
SubCat Studios – stained wood floors, black fabric-wrapped ceiling panels, wood wall panels (diffusion), red fabric-wrapped wall panels (absorption), back-lit acrylic panels

Project Team
Fiedler Marciano Architecture LLP – Programming; Architectural and interior design
Ryan-Biggs Associates, P.C. – Structural engineering
JFK&M Consulting Group – MEP engineering
Environment Design and Research, P.C. – Civil engineering and landscape design
Lally Acoustical Consulting – Acoustical engineering
OneLux Studio – Lighting design
V.I.P. Structures, Inc. – Construction management

About FMA
New York City-based Fiedler Marciano Architecture provides design and planning services on a wide spectrum of projects for cultural, institutional, educational, museum, commercial and residential clients. The firm’s clients include Syracuse University, The Salvation Army and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

FMA project team:
Mark Fiedler, AIA – Partner
Martin Marciano – Partner
Josh Lacasse, LEED AP – Junior architect

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Subcat Studios 219 West : main page on this project

Location: 219 Southwest Street, Syracuse, New York 13202, USA

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