Privé opnamestudio, Londen

The concept for the recording studio – with an exposed timber structure and plywood paneling, a “constructivist” approach to materials, and views to garden outside – emerged during early discussions with the client. Materials were selected considering both their acoustical properties and environmental impact: sheep's wool, cork, woodwool, recycled cotton insulation and timber are used extensively with a minimum of concrete and masonry used in the construction. During foundation excavations, an old bomb-shelter was found and incorporated into the design, providing a basement machine room and storage space.


Nieuwbouw Privé opnamestudio.

Locatie London, United Kingdom.

Bouwkosten n/a.

Periode Design: 2020-2021. Construction: 2021-2022. Completion: September 2022.

Opdrachtgever Leo Abrahams, London, United Kingdom

Architect(en) Giles Bruce, Ross King, A-Zero Architects, London, United Kingdom

Capaciteit n/a.

Gebruik Professional recording studio including control room, tracking/isolation room and basement machine room and storage.

Werkzaamheden Acoustical consulting and design from brief development and concept design to acoustical detailing, specifications and site supervision (including the determination of sound isolation requirements, ventilation schematic details and selection of all acoustical materials). Tuning and optimisation of loudspeaker positions and gobos.

Adviseur(s) Evan Green, Kahle Acoustics.

1/7Private recording studio, LondonControl Room with a custom desk and large sound isolating windows facing the garden. A hatch and stairs lead to the machine room in the old bomb-shelter. Custom gobos behind the monitor loudspeakers reduce the impact of rear-radiated low-frequency sound. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
2/7Private recording studio, LondonAcoustic absorption panels in the rear of the Control Room incorporate membrane absorbers for full frequency sound absorption to below 30 Hz. Exposed glulam beams and posts create an architectural rhythm to the acoustic panelling as well as generating diffuse reflections. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
3/7Private recording studio, LondonWoodwool and stretched fabric panels cover multiple layers of membrane absorbers as well as sheep's wool and recycled cotton insulation for full frequency acoustic control. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
4/7Private recording studio, LondonDetail of the “diagrid” structure constructed in glulam. Acoustic membrane absorbers are inserted into the triangular spaces to control vertical room modes. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
5/7Private recording studio, LondonThe neighbouring tracking/isolation room utilises the same palette of materials as the Control Room and has been designed to provide a clear, precise sound. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
6/7Private recording studio, LondonDetail of the sound isolated skylight in the tracking room. A combination of double glazing and laminated secondary glazing ensures that drums and amplifiers cannot be heard outside the studio. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
7/7Private recording studio, LondonDetail illustrating guidelines for the optimisation of monitor loudspeaker, gobo and mix position locations. The overall aim was to achieve a combined room and loudspeaker response with a smooth frequency spectrum and fast decay times at all frequencies, enabling reliable and translatable mix decisions to be made. Also visible is the multi-layered sound absorption and sound isolation systems. Plan © A-Zero Architects / Kahle Acoustics