Hired to design a state-of-the-art 2,100 sq ft private recording studio and performance space, we first negotiated the purchase and disassembly of a rural barn in upstate New York. The lumber was graded and coded in Texas and then shipped to our site in Occidental for a modern-day barn-raising deep within an old growth forest.
While Redwood groves may be an ideal place to support a musician’s creative process, they are inherently difficult to build within. Disturbing the roots of a redwood can kill the entire tree, a problem compounded by their shallow and expansive subterranean growth. Negotiating such hyper-specific siting requirements involved intensive collaboration with both an arborist and a structural engineer, leading to the implementation of a strategic pier structure to float the barn above the ground and between the roots.
Then our work really began, as every material choice and architectural detail was evaluated as part of a balancing act of reclamation, acoustical isolation, reverberant control, and ecological impact.