Spotwelders is a video-editing facility. Video-editing is an intense process, requiring rooms with good acoustic and light control. We also discovered that video-editing is a process requiring a large amount of space for lounging. Clients come to the facility and remain for days. Unlike the editing suites, the lounges require comfortable and light-filled spaces.
Spotwelders occupies 5,000 square feet on the top floor of a triangular-shaped building near the entrance to the Holland Tunnel. The space has 42 windows. Our project revolved around the concept of inserting an “object” that would maintain a free perimeter and – through its shape – create both ideal editing suites within and a series of private lounges without. The result is a distorted cross that creates the four, differently-sized editing suites: the rounded sides of the cross “carve out” discrete lounges, one for each editing suite. The object is painted bright orange, creating a vibrant presence.
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