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Carnegie Hall Studio Towers Renovation Project

Iu + Bibliowicz Architects

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Sara Johnson, Hanley Wood Media

Project Name

Carnegie Hall Studio Towers Renovation Project

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167,000 sq. feet


  • Landscape Architect: OLIN
  • Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates



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Project Description


The Carnegie Hall Studio Towers Renovation Project centered on three goals: The renovation, reorganization, and repurposing of 167,000 square feet of non-performance venues at the national historic site.

Project hallmarks include the following:

A new Music Education Wing, consisting of 24 acoustically superlative music rooms ranging from ensemble-sized to individual practice rooms. To create appropriate volume for music making, extensive surgery was performed to eliminate structural columns and floor slabs within the historical building. The new music rooms were built as rooms-within-rooms constructed with floating floors, ceilings hung from spring isolators, walls upholstered in varying weight acoustical materials, and double glass walls at windows.

Enlarged and improved backstage functionality achieved by lowering the orchestra lounge floor to align with the Perelman Stage. This renders Stage Left operational. Other modifications: the addition of orchestra rooms and new ADA compliant dressing rooms.

The installation of an interior oversized elevator for orchestra loading and support for backstage and music education functions.

A new landscaped roof terrace made possible by substantial structural reinforcement to existing steel trusses underneath.

A glass-enclosed exterior elevator supports the Music Education Wing and activates the roof terrace.

Administrative offices consolidated on two floors above Stern Auditorium. The top floor is a new mezzanine created by raising the 125-year-old roof. Skylights from the roof terrace above bring natural light to the interior offices.

The Carnegie steel trusses from the 1891 Mansard roof were exposed.

Exterior lighting of the landmark structure using proprietary 2700K white LEDs with strategic penetrations and mounting supports on a restored façade of brick, terracotta, limestone, and painted metal completed the transformation.

The project was awarded LEED Silver Certification.
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