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Fine Tuning Harman Int’l’s Flagship Audiophile Listening Room in New York

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Article source: Walters-Storyk Design Group

NEW YORK:  “These speakers sound OK, but that’s not good enough. Something isn’t right with this room.”*  In May 2014, Harman International acquired an expansive space at 527 Madison Avenue at 54th Street for its flagship experience center. Designed to showcase their full range of consumer and audiophile equipment, the street level would be devoted to Harman’s AKG®, Harman Kardon®, JBL®, and other respected brands. The lower level would feature a screening room and, behind a discrete sliding door, a private listening room outfitted with Harman’s premium Mark Levinson® amplifiers, and award-winning Revel Salon2 Speakers, a CD/SACD Disc player, and a turntable for vinyl aficionados.  After six months of construction, the showroom and its listening room were ready for a trial run. But, despite the meticulous planning and design, it was clear to the true audiophiles in the room that something was amiss.

Image Courtesy © Cheryl Fleming

Image Courtesy © Cheryl Fleming

  • Designed By: Walters-Storyk Design Group
  • Project: Fine Tuning Harman Int’l’s Flagship Audiophile Listening Room
  • Location: New York, U.S.A
  • Photography: Cheryl Fleming


Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa Villae, Estonia by AZPML

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Article source: AZPML

Intensifying the Sensorial

The Arvo Pärt Centre will be an instrument to make the landscape sing.
The Northern Estonian Forest is full of music: the sorrow of the Southern wind, the crackling of the branches, the whispering of the leaves, the screeching of the swallows, the silence of the snow… Perhaps the remote singing of a Runic tune… The Baltic singing traditions are inevitably linked to the Estonian nature, and the Arvo Pärt Centre should become an opportunity to evidence that relation, to make it physical.

Image Courtesy © AZPML

Image Courtesy © AZPML

Architects: AZPML
Project: Arvo Pärt Centre
Location: Laulasmaa Villae, Estonia
Client: Arvo Pärt Foundation
Competition: 2014
Area: 1600m2
Cost: 3.5M €
AZPML Team: Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Maider Llaguno, Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal, Manuel Eijo, Iñigo Arrien, Pablo de Sola, Mintra Maneepairoj
Renders: Estudio Berga & Gonzalez
Model: Atelier La Juntana
Other consultants: ARUP, HML (more…)

House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark by Coop Himmelb(l)au

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Article source: Coop Himmelb(l)au

After four years of construction, the “House of Music” in Aalborg, Denmark was ceremoniously opened on March 29, 2014 by the Danish Queen Margrethe II.

This cultural centre was designed by the Viennese architectural studio Coop Himmelb(l)au as a combined school and concert hall: its open structure promotes the exchange between the audience and artists, and the students and teachers. “The idea behind the building can already be read from the outer shape. The school embraces the concert hall,” explained Wolf D. Prix, design principal and CEO of Coop Himmelb(l)au.

Image Courtesy © Coop Himmelb(l)au

  • Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au
  • Project: House of Music
  • Location: Aalborg, Denmark
  • Photography: Rene Jeppesen, Martin Schubert, Aleksandra Pawloff, Coop Himmelb(l)au
  • Client: North Jutland House of Music Foundation, Aalborg, Denmark
  • Planning: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH
  • Project Partner: Michael Volk
  • Project Architect: Marcelo Bernardi, Pete Rose
  • Design Architect: Luzie Giencke
  • Design architect interior: Eva Wolf
  • CAD coordinator: Ronny Böser
  • Project Team: Benjamin Schmidt, Philip Wilck, Ariane Marx, Markus Baumann, Ivana Jug, Anna Wasserthal, Talya Kozminsky, Blaine Lepp, Robin Heather, Bo Stjerne Thomsen, Stephanie Neufeld, Tyler Bornstein, Elisabeth Keane
  • 3D Visualization: Armin Hess/ Isochrom, Vienna Silkroad, Beijing, China Jens Mehlan, Jörg Hugo
  • Local Architects: Friis & Moltke, Aalborg, Denmark
  • Landscape Architect: Jeppe Aagaard Andersen, Helsingør, Denmark
  • Structural Engineering: Rambøll, Aalborg, Denmark B+G Ingenieure, Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany


Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Article source: GEZA


A new function (a place for music) for an old (and silent) building (a former bus depot) represents an architectural+technological challenge and a poetic content at the same time.

A new building rises inside the old one, and includes all the structural and technological solutions required. The new building does not touch the old one, which remains visible and gets more value from this addition.

Image Courtesy © Massimo Crivellari

  • Architects: GEZA
  • Location:  UDINE, ITALY
  • Photography: Massimo Crivellari
  • Client: Municipality of Cervignano del Friuli, UD
  • Realization: 2010
  • Area: 750 sm
  • Software used: Vectorworks

Philharmonic in Constanţa city, Romania by Archvision Studio

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Article source: Archvision Studio

The project presents a philharmonic in Constanţa city, Romania. From a socio-demographic point of view, the city of Constanţa is the 3rd in the country as number of inhabitants and it is considered the city with the largest ethnic and cultural mix. The site proposed for our project is situated on the Eastern border of the Tăbăcăriei Lake, at the crossroads of two important areas of development: a touristic area and a local one, this being an important criterion in choosing the emplacement.

Image Courtesy Archvision Studio

  • Architects: Archvision Studio
  • Project: Philharmonic
  • Location: Constanţa city, Romania


Fenix in San Rafael, California

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Article source: Walters-Storyk Design Group

Beyond the traditional amenities of fine dining, exotic libations, and live music, the Fenix introduces a template for a new form of creative and social interaction — on site and online.  Conceived by Laura van Galen, a visionary Bay Area CEO, the new 150-seat super club has been designed to share live performances by talented indigenous and celebrated world-renowned artists with a local, national and eventually international audience on location and over the web at

Image Courtesy © John Merkl 

  • Acoustical consultants: WSDG
  • Location: San Rafael, California, USA
  • Photography: John Merkl

Cultural Centre in Pontault Combault, France by archi5 with B. Huidobro

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Article source: archi5

Located in Pontault Combault, a medium sized town about 30 km from Paris, this cultural project is a mix of several programs.
– A theatre / auditorium
– A mediatheque
– Music studios
– Exhibition rooms and areas

Image Courtesy Thomas Jorion

  • Architects: archi5 with B. Huidobro.
  • Project name: Cultural Centre
  • Location: Pontault Combault, France
  • Architecture and urbanism agency: archi5prod
  • Photographer: Thomas Jorion
  • Client: City of Pontault Combault.
  • Programme: Construction of a cultural centre comprising a 350 seats theater/auditorium. Mediatheque. Practice rooms.
  • Surface: 3 140 m²
  • Cost: 3 804 594 € Excl tax.
  • Time-Table: competition 2005 – Completion 2008


Berklee Opens World-Class Recording/Teaching Studio Complex At New Valencia International Campus in Spain

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Article source: WSDG

Berklee College of Music, the world’s premier learning lab for contemporary music, and Walters-Storyk Design Group, renowned for their work on studios for Jimi Hendrix, Alicia Keys, and Bruce Springsteen, today announced the completion of a cutting edge recording/teaching complex at Berklee’s Valencia campus. Berklee’s new state-of-the-art campus is located at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain. The studio facility is the final element of Berklee’s first international campus, which recently launched its master’s programs.

Berklee Valencia Studio K Live Room : Image Courtesy Mercedes Herrán

  • Project: Berklee Opens World-Class Recording/Teaching Studio Complex
  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • Photos by: Mercedes Herrán
  • Software used:
    • Revit – for acoustic accommodation details
    • AutoCAD – for power and conduit infrastructure drawings
    • Insul – for boundary isolation calculations
    • Proprietary WSDG RT60 Calculator – for internal room acoustic calculations
    • B&K 2250 sound level meter – for initial site acoustic measurements


Abandoned 1920s cabaret theatre discovered in Berlin, Germany by LAVA visualisations

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Article source: Moritz Gruppe/LAVA

An old cabaret theatre from the roaring ’20s has been uncovered in the heart of Berlin.

The semi-derelict music hall theatre, built in 1905 on Gartenstraße in Berlin Mitte, has been buried in 30 tonnes of rubble since 1934 when it closed, perhaps as part of a  crackdown on the cabaret scene by the Nazi regime.

Image Courtesy Moritz Gruppe GmbH/Ronny Goyn

  • Architects: LAVA visualisations
  • Project: Abandoned 1920s cabaret theatre discovered in Berlin
  • Location: Berlin, Germany


Ferme Darwin in Bordeaux, france by Soa & Holdup

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Article source: Soa & Holdup



Image Courtesy Soa & Holdup

  • Architects: Soa & Holdup
  • Project: Ferme Darwin
  • Location: Bordeaux, france
  • Typology: Vertical farm, music stage & educational gallery
  • Floor area: 2,800sqm
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Budget: 1,620,000€
  • Condition: Private Commission
  • Client: Darwin Ecosysteme
  • Technology: Courtirey


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