ONStage at Kaufman Astoria Studios was selected as a Merit winner in ARCHITECT’s 2023 Architecture & Interior Awards, under the Mixed Use category.
“Technically and programmatically, this is precision at its best. It’s very well done.” — Juror Tima Bell, Assoc. AIA
Designing a soundstage in New York requires a creative approach to programmatic density. For the ONStage building at the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, local firm Gluck+ stacked both 65,000 square feet of commercial offices and 25,000 square feet of film and television production facilities in a four-story structure with a much smaller footprint than many of its Los Angeles peers enjoy. Unlike sprawling, single-story soundstage buildings, the comprehensive project had an additional challenge—maintaining a high level of acoustic isolation between ONStage’s various spaces and the urban life outside them.
The Gluck+ team and Urban Atelier Group (UAG) achieved this through the strategic technical separation of stage, workplace, and city in the building’s design. On the upper levels, which are connected by a central staircase from the ground-floor entrance, reconfigurable spaces offer a mix of open and private office areas, as well as conference rooms, terraces, and balconies. Meanwhile, the project’s 40-foot-tall base houses two soundstages, where 12-inch-thick masonry walls help create a controlled environment that keeps out unwanted light and sound. Openings in the base are minimal and any large ones required can be sealed by 2-ton, soundproof elephant doors.
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