54 SOUND is a design/build of a 500 sq. ft. professional sound studio.

The client asked for a sound studio with high acoustical performance, but which also challenged conventional notions with its materiality. “Live” acoustical spaces were developed with a warm material vocabulary through collaboration with a sound engineer; adjacent “dead” mechanical spaces were developed as contrasting cool spaces.

Cut off from exterior stimuli, you just might "lose yourself" in here (hint hint).

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CLIENT
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DESIGN/BUILD
Chris Benfield & Christian Unverzagt with Kevin Kuza

CONSULTANTS
Sound Engineer: Glenn Brown at GBP Productions

BUILT
Location: Ferndale, Michigan
Site characteristics: Existing Sound Studio
Construction Cost: $150,000
Area: 600 sq.ft.
Completion date: Summer 2001

MATERIALS
Finform Plywood
Expanded Metal
Laquered Steel
Russian Birch Plywood
Cork Flooring
Perforated Plywood
Cementous backer board

PUBLICATIONS
HOUR Magazine
"Old buildings, new tricks" at Michigan Today