Willem Twee Studios
We converted an office floor into music studios for Electronic and Electro-acoustic music. This exceptional sound and music workspace is drawing international attention from electro-acoustic musicians.
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The Willem Twee studios and concert hall are housed in a monumental old synagogue in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The studios replace office spaces at the attic, part of the listed building, and in a peculiar space; a drop shape extension from the nineties. The existing curved space with quirky inverted bay window gave rise to a design concept that accentuates the space dynamics. A new acoustical zigzag wall has been introduced which emphasizes the curve and connects the new studio spaces. The sound wave zigzag shape increases the absorption area square meters.
Acoustics & material
The studio in the office wing is a soundproof timber framed box. Inside the studio box the zigzag wall controls the room acoustics. The floor-to-ceiling panels with flax insulation are finished with wool textile. The ceiling is made with sound-absorbing Birch wood panels with LED lines. The wooden panels and gray textiles are further used in the attic space to acoustically improve the space. This material and color palette fits well with the metal music equipment and forms a calm and rich atmosphere for concentration and creativity.
In collaboration with the musicians of the studio, we have designed some simple furniture in black steel and birch wood for a fixed, precise arrangement of the equipment.
photos: Stijn Poelstra