nonzero\architecture Completes ELBO Studios for Film Composer Theodore Shapiro

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ELBO Studios in Glendale, Calif.

Photo: Juergen Nogai Photography.

nonzero\architecture recently completed a new 12,000-square-foot film music composition facility for renowned film composer Theodore Shapiro (Trumbo, Zoolander 2, St. Vincent, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Tropic Thunder) in a former industrial warehouse in Glendale, Calif.

The room program includes a main tracking and scoring studio with several isolation booths and a connected adjacent control and mix room for film music mixer Chris Fogel and his Hyperion Sound. Shapiro’s composition room, with its own recording booth, is complemented by a second suite for fellow film composer and sometimes collaborator Ludwig Goransson (Creed, Fruitvale Station). Several smaller production rooms complete the build-out. The facility’s location near the local Metro Line station demanded excellent soundproofing and vibration controls, besides the rigorous acoustic demands of the spaces for recording film scores.

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ELBO Studios in Glendale, Calif.

Photo: Juergen Nogai Photography.

The remaining smaller half of the building houses an archive of film scores, while another section is set aside for a future expansion, planned for later this year.

The newly established open-air entrance courtyard, the lobby and lounge and its kitchen area were designed in collaboration with Barbara Bestor of Bestor Architecture and feature an airy and light, yet private environment.

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ELBO Studios in Glendale, Calif.

Photo: Juergen Nogai Photography.

The main tracking room and its piano booth are treated with maple panels with custom perforations and a formed gypsum wall with a diffusive bubble pattern. The entirely floating concrete floor slabs are polished and the remaining wall and ceiling areas are treated with absorptive fabric surfaces. A large curtain can be pulled across the back wall to adjust the acoustic properties and area rugs are used to customize the floor’s reflectivity.

The facility is equipped with state-of-the art gear and several machine rooms allow for a separation of the technical aspects from the creative endeavor of film scoring.

Greeniron Constructs, nonzero\architecture’s in-house construction affiliate, was responsible for the construction.

For more information, visit nonzeroarch.com/home and nonzeroarch.com/profile/greeniron-constructs-inc