Kabelovna Studios introduce a new concept for music recording and post-production environments. Neon lights, designed by the architects, in the shape of sound waves, dominate the space and accentuate the atmosphere of a comfortable home environment, unexpectedly set in a raw industrial framework with a high-tech touch.
Studio: B² Architecture
Author: Barbara Bencova
Project location: Dělnická 27, Prague 7
Project country: Czech Republic
Project year: 2021-2022
Completion year: 2022
Usable Floor Area: 250 m²
Client: Karel Havlíček / Kabelovna Studios
Photographer: Alex Shoots Buildings
Collaborator: Acoustic panels: MAXIM, www.maximdtla.com
Kabelovna Studios are located in a former electrical cable-making factory in the district of Holesovice, in the heart of Prague, Czech Republic. The facility, which was constructed in 1908, is a part of Prague’s workers’ colony from the 1870s.
Since then, the area has developed around the former factory, while preserving the industrial atmosphere that exists within the city block that houses it. The hall in which the studios are set brings together several artistic entities: a fashion designer, a painter, a screen-printing production business, and lastly the recording studios, thus creating a vibrant creative environment.
This is a new concept for what the post-production and music recording environment could look like: studios that connect an authentic industrial aesthetic with natural elements of light that beam through large skylights and well-placed glass partitions. All while the restored brick walls of this former factory not only work perfectly with the acoustic requirements of a modern recording studio but completes the space beautifully. Not to mention, these walls are complimented with the diffusing properties of acoustic panels and by the five-meter tall, sloped ceilings.
Entranced by the location’s strong character and genius loci, the architects decided to highlight it as much as possible. A new beige anhydrite floor unifies the space and allows the walls and other existing textures and elements to become the focal point. Black was used for the new modern inserts – such as the doors or technical equipment, but also to act as a background for the older furniture pieces and the custom-designed light fixtures.
The spatial organization is simple and intuitive. It starts with a large gathering room, or rather the studio’s living room which is located in the highest area of the hall. It welcomes guests with a reception table, a seating area, and a kitchen line, while the recording studios are accessible behind partially glazed doors.
The “living room” is dominated by a Bomma Orbital chandelier which floats above a massive wooden table which further enhances the sense of height in the space. The plants, which freely establish themselves over the black walls, separate the reception from the rest of the hall’s inhabitants and are housed in carefully concealed planters. Each recording studio is equipped with its own white voice-over booth.
The refurbished furniture and the overall composition of the space create an inspirational yet cozy atmosphere. The seating is a combination of recycled leather seats and black leather armchairs from the 1970s. The foldable seats, previously used in a real theater, are placed in the studio’s “living room” to encourage more guests to be a part of the inevitable parties.
The neon lights, designed by the architects, are also a nod to the studio’s function. A visual of the large warm sound waves that dominate the ceilings of the recording studios and constantly change as they move through the space. These delicate structures are adorned by a neon number assigned to each studio and invite the artists to explore the room.
bricks – bearing structures and partition walls
steel – columns, beams, custom made furniture designed by B² Architecture
steel and glass – acoustic doors
anhydrite floor – studios
concrete – floor – gathering room / hall
oak – custom made tables – gathering room / hall
cyprus – custom made table
Forbo with MDF – custom made furniture designed by B² Architecture – studios and sound rooms
LED neon lights – custom made lights designed by B² Architecture – studios
acoustic foam – sound rooms
carpet – sound rooms
leather – upholstered furniture – gathering room / hall
recycled leather – upholstered furniture – studios
Products and Brands
Aeron chair — Herman Miller\www.hermanmiller.com
Petrof piano — Petrof Pianos\www.petrof.cz
Orbital chandelier — Bomma\www.bomma.cz
acoustic doors and window — Morávek\www.moravekcz.cz
roller blind — Starsun\www.starsun.cz
Statement sofa — BePureHome\www.bepurehome.com
Bratislava armchair (vintage) — Dřevopodnik Holešov\www.pelmeldesign.cz
Ironica chair — TON\www.ton.eu
Lappa/MAXIM acoustic panels — Lappa design\www.lappastudio.com, www.maximdtla.com
Sound Wave lights — custom lights designed by B² Architecture\www.b2architecture.eu
interior greenery — Lukáš Špetlík
Bio – B² Architecture
B² Architecture is an Architecture and Design studio focused on innovative design with a strong awareness of the subtle coexistence between shapes and materials. B² Architecture was founded by Barbara Bencova in 2012 after her previous working experience in Prague (Atelier 8000), London (BFLS) and Paris (Renzo Piano Building Workshop – RPBW).
She started collaborating with Zuzana Bartasova in 2021 due to their shared visual taste and passion for running.
Be Square Architecture is currently working on numerous residential and commercial projects in the Czech Republic and abroad.
The studio won the Architizer A+Award in Architecture and Branding category for DDB Prague office interior.
2013 – 2nd place in the EBA51 international student housing competition as part of the Petr Hájek
2013 – Winner of the International Architectural Competition for the design of a Montessori kindergarten in Milan
2019 – Office of the Year – 21st Century Offices – Winner – DDB Prague Office project
2020 – Finalist of Dezeen Awards – Small Workspace Category – DDB Prague Office project
2020 – Finalist of the Grand Prix of the Municipality of Architects – DDB Prague Office project
2021 – Winner of BigSee Interior Design Award 2021 – DDB Prague Office project
2021 – Winner of Architizer A+Awards – Architecture+Branding category – DDB Prague Office project
Bio – Barbara Bencová
Barbara Bencová is a young and up-and-coming architect with an extraordinary eye for detail and composition. Her awareness of the coexistence of shapes and materials in space is unparallel yielding her great results in executing her visions. Born in Slovakia (Bratislava) but living, studying and working in Paris (RPBW – Atelier Renzo Piano), Venice (IUAV, Faculty of Design and Arts), and finally Prague (CTU, Faculty of Architecture; Atelier 8000, and BFLS) most of her life, gives her a broad and unique outlook on modern architecture.
In 2021, Architizer listed her as one of the top 10 women at the forefront of architecture leading an architecture studio.