Humber College Music Production Centre and Recording Studio

A typical recording studio is “behind-the-scenes” with aesthetics secondary to acoustical priorities. But an eye-catching space matched with superb sound and the most innovative technical equipment was exactly what Toronto’s Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning’s School of Creative and Performing Arts wanted to help position itself as a world leader in the teaching of recording arts.

Adopting a player piano as thematic inspiration, and using wood as a signature material for both its warmth and acoustic purposes, a non-descript 1980s academic building was turned into an eye-catching recording studio that blurs the line between architecture and art.

From the narrow reception area, a maple wrapper punctured with recessed lighting evokes the language of a piano keyboard and establishes a syncopated rhythm that carries through past three small musical workrooms, a large classroom and a control room into the recording studio space.

The double-height recording studio is a wooden box with walls and ceilings wrapped in a shell of honey-toned maple and walnut resonators and paneling rhythmically undulating with varying widths and depth. The feeling that this space is self-contained is more than skin deep. It is constructed to float on rubber pads so that it can respond to movements from extreme vibrations.

Humber College, Toronto, ON
Size:  4,500 sq. ft.
Completion:  September 2007

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