HDG Architects transformed a 3-story, 6,000 SF tenant building into a voice and performing arts studio in the heart of Carnegie’s Downtown Business District. The build-out of the design had to meet several requirements. Because of the multiple methods of instruction that Higher Voice Studio serves, the space had to be designed to meet the varied needs of the teachers and performers, while creating a welcoming and inspiring atmosphere. In order to create that atmosphere, the designers incorporated natural light into the narrow entrance corridor and main lobby that spills into the first floor open space. This concept was carried through on the upper floors as well. Other aspects of the renovation included a first floor flexible open-space and lobby to hold group training sessions and music classes and small performances. The space was also designed to be large enough to host exhibits or feature the work of other local artists. The second and third floors of the building feature private studios for one-on-one lessons and small classrooms that incorporate enhanced acoustical features for separation and privacy. Unique features of the redesign include highlighting the exposed brick, period finishes and light fixtures, and a stage with curtains that give the illusion of a performance hall. From the outside, passersby can see into the main lobby of the building through the large glass windows, an intentional design feature to create interest in and community engagement with the studio.
August 18, 2017