Large Control Room and Live Room installed in Shanghai
During 2007 Amadeus were asked to design and install a recording studio into a duplex apartment in Manchester. After moving from Manchester to Shanghai in 2009, the client required a Recording Studio and Live Room to be open for “EXPO city”, 2010.
Sufficiently impressed by our earlier work, our client – owner of the highly successful designer fashion brand, Mein Grace – approached us to talk about the possibility of a studio installation in China to include two very large rooms to be used as a control room and a live room. The live room needed to be large enough to cater for small performances as well as recordings. The scale of this project was to be at least 20 times larger than the home recording studio in Manchester.
We at Amadeus, and our manufacturers Boxylab in Italy, like a challenge, and therefore with a high five and big smile we of course said, “YES!”
Although we have undertaken many installations across the UK that involve a great deal more studios than the proposed installation in Shanghai, the physical size of the individual rooms we were to install in China were far greater than anything we had taken on before. As a result, we took our client to visit a variety of large installations in Italy – The ‘Groove Factory’ in Udine, Nr Venice offered the closest template (see photos below). The design process begun …
With Shanghai to become the “EXPO city” for 2010, our client required the Recording Studio and Live Room to be open in the summer. By January 2010 the general arrangement drawings were completed and signed-off and this +100m2 project went into the manufacturing process.
In April, two 40 foot containers were loaded and set off on what was to be a 10 week journey to the port of Shanghai. On Monday 5th July the containers arrived in China and the off load and installation process began.
Working in no less than 30° heat and far higher humidity, the project was completed on July 16th; just 11 days after commencement. Shanghai can now boast it’s largest and most contemporary “state of the art” live-room and recording studio.
“The Amadeus/Boxylab team worked in an extremely challenging space on the first floor of an office block. Getting several lorry loads of material to build my rooms was a challenge in itself; figuring out where everything went and ensuring it did was inspiring. After less than 2 weeks I have the studio of my dreams, a great place for bands to practice and for me to run fashion shows”. Grace Wang, CEO, Mein Grace Fashions
"The Amadeus/Boxylab team worked in an extremely challenging space on the first floor of an office block. Getting several lorry loads of material to build my rooms was a challenge in itself; figuring out where everything went and ensuring it did was inspiring. After less than 2 weeks I have the studio of my dreams, a great place for bands to practice and for me to run fashion shows".Grace Wang, CEO | Mein Grace Fashions