The restoration of The Carnegie Hall Studio Towers project, which has a $ 230 million budget, has been completed after nearly seven years of works. The project, aiming to renovation, reorganization, and repurposing of 14,286 square meters of non-performance venues at the national historic site, was awarded with LEED Silver Certificate. ,
The renovation of the Carnegie Hall Studio Towers building was undertaken by the IU + Bibliowicz Architects LLP architectural office. Restoration works which took around seven years cover a music education wing, expanded backstage space, consolidated administrative offices, a new roof terrace, and façade lighting of the landmark.
The most prominent detail of the project is the elevation of the roof which is 125-year-old and the transfer of administrative offices between the two floors above the Stern Auditorium; The administrative offices, transferred to mezzanine, is surrounded by windows to benefit from daylight. After this radical change on the roof, “The Carnegie” steel constructions which were made for load-breaming carrier support in 1891 were exposed. In this sense, the project is a good example of the restoration work done today and the reorganization of historic buildings for the use of today’s conditions.
The Carnegie Hall Studio Towers building is illuminated with LED luminaires of 2700K color temperature. In this sense, after the consideration of the lighting design compatibility with the architecture, the special construction details and the carefully worked installation solutions of the Project, illumination of the project stands out at least as the renovation.
After the evaluation of all works, the project was awarded by the Green Buildings Council in the USA (Council for LEED Silver Sertification which confirms to the standards of the green building according to the inpections of many criterias is given to the building) with the LEED Silver Sertification for Energy and Environment Friendly Design.
Details of The Project:
Music Education Wing building; consisting of 24 acoustically superlative music rooms ranging from ensemble-sized to individual practice rooms. To create appropriate volume for music making, it was performed to eliminate structural columns and floor slabs within the historical building. The new music rooms were built as rooms-within-rooms constructed. Furthermore, floating floors, ceilings hung from spring isolators, walls upholstered in varying weight acoustical materials, and double glass walls at windows are used.
The large volume elevators designed for orchestra can also be used for music training needs and backstage needs.
After designing the roof design from scratch, the existing steel truss system was relaxed.
After the installation of the external elevator, give a service for the music education building, completely covered with glass, the roof terrace was also activated.
By the consolidation of the administrative offices on two floors above Stern Auditorium that allowed the 125-year-old roof to evaluate and a new mezzanine level was earned. After reorganizing on terrace, the administrative offices were able to make a full use of daylighting.
Audio / Visual Consultant:
Shen Milsom Wilke
Building Envelope Consultant:
Joseph R. Loring & Associates, Inc.
Tishman Interiors Corporation
Engineer – MEP:
Engineer – Structural:
Historic Preservation / Landmarks Consultant:
Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, LLC
IT & Security Consultant:
TM Technology Partners
Viridian Energy & Environmental
Lighting Design Consultant:
Kugler Ning Lighting Design
Signage & Graphics Consultant:
Signage & Graphics Consultant: Graham Hanson Design
Theater Design Consultant:
Auerbach Pollock Friedlander