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Effigy Studio

Ferndale, MI

Located within an industrial building in Ferndale, Michigan, this live recording studio is a prime example of collaboration between architectural design and technical experts in the fields of acoustics and mechanical engineering. It’s a result of an investigation on how spatial design can positively impact sound through thoughtfully organized space and carefully selected materials.

Programmatically, Effigy Studio is organized around two main functions; the recording spaces and a support zone. The studio also includes a lounge, administrative office, and utility core. The support zone is a flexible space that functions as a waiting room, event space, or transitional space.

The recording spaces are configured within their own core, creating ‘rooms-in-a-room’ that help provide acoustical balance and minimize the structural transfer of exterior noises. The result is an acoustic system comprised of three major wrappings (control, isolation, and dispersion) that are introduced to control the sound quality of individual spaces.

CLIENT

Thomas Johnson

SIZE

7,300 sf

STATUS

Complete

YEAR

2004

TYPOLOGY

Recording Studio

CONSTRUCTION

Interior Renovation

DETROIT

235 E Main Street, Suite 102b

Northville, MI 48167

p 248 449 3564

Chicago

188 W Randolph Street, Suite 200

Chicago, IL 60601

P 309 825 1351

Detroit

235 E Main Street, Suite 102b, Northville, MI 48167 / p 248 449 3564

Chicago

188 W RANDOLPH STREET, SUITE 200, CHICAGO, IL 60601 / P 309 825 1351

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