Arlington, VA (July 20, 2016)—Located 22 feet below street level in the sub-basement of the home of Matt MacPhail and his wife, Ann Lyles MacPhail, Undisclosed Location Studios was designed by WSDG-Walters-Storyk Design Group.
The MacPhails’ News At Eleven Productions has been producing music and voiceovers for nearly 20 years, for clients such as IBM, Boeing, MasterCard and Bank of the West. Having done this work in a variety of quirky, makeshift home-recording spaces, the MacPhails knew their growing client base required a dedicated studio.
“We met with the MacPhails’ residential architect at the earliest design stage,” said WSDG project engineer Matthew Ballos. “They wanted to be sure that their studio did not disturb their neighbors in any way, and that their new home would blend in with the style of the neighborhood. With these considerations in mind, we decided that putting the studio in a sub-basement was the best way to provide the acoustic isolation they wanted.”
The 1,300-sq.-ft. main studios feature a 245-sq.-ft. control room and three isolation booths. Just up the stairs from the studio is the MacPhails’ home theater, which doubles as a screening room for client projects, and was also designed and equipped by WSDG. The MacPhails’ living room is an acoustically treated space featuring a Steinway Model O grand piano, a 22-foot cathedral ceiling and a NanaWall sliding glass partition to provide isolation from the adjacent kitchen.
“We developed a custom ceiling cloud for the control room to fine tune the ‘sweet spot’ and contribute an aesthetic finishing touch. We even built a separate entrance at the side of the house that leads directly to the studio, so clients never have to go through the residential part of their home,” says Ballos.
Walters-Storyk Design Group