Light Music (Residential Building Lobby and Lounge) by Aaron Yassin
2018 - 2019, Golden A' Interior Space and Exhibition Design Award Winner
For Light Music, a residential lobby and lounge design, A+A Studio wanted to connect the space to the dynamic neighborhood of Adams Morgan in Washington DC, where the nightlife and music scene, from jazz to Go-go to punk rock and electronic music have always been central. This is their creative inspiration; the result is a unique space that combines cutting edge digital fabrication methods with traditional artisanal techniques to create an immersive world with its own pulse and rhythm.
The project was born out of a unique design partnership between an artist, Aaron Yassin, who thinks like an architect and an architect, Armand Graham, with the soul of an artist. They set out to imagine a work that would integrate these two worlds into an immersive experience of light and space. During the process, which used both fine art studio practices and new fabrication technologies, they asked questions: can you turn a corridor into a sculpture and can music be transformed into light?
Design Challenges
The new construction building, featuring 80 apartments and lacking amenity spaces, needed public space that would provide a unique, original, sophisticated and engaging design experience, including functional space, that would give the building a signature identity grounded it in its locality. To do this it was critical to find a solution to connect the design to the culture of the neighborhood and the city in an authentic way. Then the task was to figure out how to realize this in the design.
Production Technology
The project is composed of four main custom components: a three-dimensional backlit panel system in the lobby and hallway; relief wall panels that wrap around the entire space; a large Corian screen that partially separates the communal work table area from the seating area in the lounge; and four semi-reflective mirrors in the lounge. We were particularly interested in the potential of hybrid fabrication techniques - mixing cutting-edge CNC technology with historical artisanal techniques - to produce new material effects. All major components were prefabricated in a shop, shipped to the site, and installed by the contractor. Project footprint: 1350SF 4 major components: Backlit panels: 23 panels, 325SF, hand-gilded aluminum leaf CNC-milled Dibond aluminum composite panels with aluminum extrusion structural support and translucent acrylic backing Relief walls: 45 panels, 1740SF, CNC-milled MDF composite panels shop painted with Benjamin Moore Ultra Spec SCUFF X and ranging from 10’ tall to 14’ tall Lounge screen: 10' tall x 6' wide CNC-milled Corian screen with integrated fabricated steel armature Lounge mirrors: 4 water-jet cut glass panels reverse-gilded with aluminum leaf in a four step process, 77SF Additional materials/finishes: -Concrete microtopping floor in lobby and corridor -Porcelain mirror tile wall in corridor and tile floor in lounge -All LED lighting including Ecosense with Crestron programmable dimming system -Prostoria and Bernhardt Furniture
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