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Original Music Workshop, Brooklyn, New York, United States

Wednesday 25 Apr 2012

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New home for Original Music Workshop to open in Brooklyn 

In 2013 the Original Music Workshop (OMW), a new resource for composers, musicians and audiences will open a $15.6m, 13,000 sq ft facility in a burgeoning arts district in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Kevin Dolan, OMW Founder and Chairman has brought an impressive roster of talent on board, beginning with acclaimed composer and arts producer, Paola Prestini, named one of the top 100 Composers under 40 in 2011 by National Public Radio (NPR) listeners, to serve as the Creative Director of the organization. And emerging architect Bureau V of Brooklyn was tapped to design the new building.

OMW’s new home is characterized by the insertion of an acoustically driven, geometrically complex chamber hall into an existing, graffitied, one hundred year old post-industrial shell of a former sawdust factory. The building combines an act of preservation with state-of-the-art new construction in an effort to shape a place that is both reverent and irreverent, both historic and progressive. “Kevin (Dolan) came to us with a twofold request: the space needed to be both acoustically superior and a comfortable and visually compelling space, a departure from the standard black box theatre”, said Bureau V Principal, Peter Zuspan.

The performance hall, a crystalline form comprised of perforated steel panels and recessed structural channels is a double height space with a surrounding balcony. A simple chamber hall with no trap doors, fly spaces, wings or curtains. Seating up to 170 patrons (350 standing), ‘the space is small enough to truly listen, while large enough to foster a sense of community’, said Bureau V principal Alexander Pincus. In addition to the main performance space, the building contains a double-height lobby with bar and a two storey 74-seat restaurant. Slab Architecture is the Architect-of-Record for the project and ARUP provided engineering services and theatrical design.

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

Key Facts

Status Concept design
Value 11.8(m€)
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