SubCat Studios Syracuse, 219 Southwest Street, Music Studio Building, Architect

219 West, Syracuse : SubCat Studios

Music Recording Building in New York State, USA – design by Fiedler Marciano Architecture LLP

Jul 28, 2011

219 West Syracuse – SubCat Studios

219 WEST

Syracuse, New York

Design: Fiedler Marciano Architecture LLP

219 West Syracuse Studio, SubCat Studios

219 S. West Street sits adjacent to Red House Arts Center, a regional venue in downtown Syracuse. The urban site is isolated and bordered by high-speed thoroughfares and a freight rail overpass.

219 West Syracuse Studio, SubCat Studios
photos : Chris Cooper Photographer

SubCat Studios is the primary tenant of the three-story multi-use cultural facility, on a pivotal site between the Armory Square District arts community and the growing Near West Side and revitalizes this small but significant corner of the city.

219 West Syracuse Studio, SubCat Studios

The architects added a glazed extension to the ground floor, which becomes the main entry and also brings daylight into the lobby. The stair tower, clad in perforated metal panels, references the area’s industrial past.

219 West Syracuse Studio, SubCat Studios

Multi-colored glass storefronts along S. West Street allow passersby to view recording sessions in progress. Music instruction and rehearsal areas are on the second floor and visiting artists can stay in the upper level residential suites.

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219 West – SubCat Studios : Building Information

Project Title: 219 West

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

A new multi-use music and arts facility in a three-story, 19th-century masonry structure. It is adjacent to Red House Arts Center, a successful regional theater and music venue. Together, 219 West and the Redhouse create a new cultural complex.

FMA services:
Programming; Architectural and interior design
Total project size:
18,300 gsf

Program areas:
SubCat Studios (Basement: 4,400 gsf)
SubCat Studios (1st floor: 3,400 gsf)
Lobby/cafe (1st floor: 1,500 gsf)
Music instruction and rehearsal spaces (2nd floor: 4,500 gsf)
Residential suites (3rd floor: 4,500 gsf)

Completion date: Jun 2011

Local context:
Within the past decade, the City of Syracuse and a variety of local groups including Syracuse University have partnered to promote a supportive environment for the arts community in the city’s downtown. 219 West is located in a key position along The Connective Corridor, an urban pathway that links various cultural points of interest.

Bold design and public programming establish 219 West as a cultural destination in downtown Syracuse. The facility creates a vital link between historic Armory Square and the SALT (Syracuse Art Life Technology) District, a neglected industrial area on the city’s Near Westside targeted for development as an artists’ quarter.

Fiedler Marciano Architecture worked closely with the owner of 219 West, a benefactor of the Redhouse, to create a new home for SubCat Studios, formerly of nearby Skaneateles. They also helped to develop a unique, varied program that would draw tenants, complement the adjacent theater, and foster artistic synergy.

Significant features include:
• Revitalization of a former industrial building, propelling local efforts to transform downtown Syracuse into a cultural destination
• Reorientation of the building, both architecturally and symbolically, to amplify its urban presence
• A multi-faceted program that supports the Redhouse and introduces new types of businesses into the area
• A unique music recording studio in an urban environment, specially designed to isolate noise and vibration from passing freight trains and heavy vehicular traffic

219 West Syracuse : further information

219 West Syracuse – SubCat Studios images / informaion from Fiedler Marciano Architecture LLP

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

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