October 20, 2020

ONStage at Kaufman Astoria Studios

via Open House New York

ONStage is the newest addition to New York City’s legendary Kaufman Astoria Studios, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Go behind the scenes with GLUCK+ architects to see the new soundstages under construction, which complete George Kaufman’s vision for the campus where the first stages were built in 1920. Located in the heart of Astoria in Queens and directly adjacent to the studio backlot, this L-shaped building offers two 40-foot tall, clear span, soundproof conditioned spaces that are ‘plug-in’ ready for film and television production. Inside, entire worlds will be built from the ground up just for the camera. Directly above the stages on the second and third floors, peek into makeup, prop and dressing rooms, and production offices. See the city views through floor-to-ceiling windows from the commercial office space for lease, and step outside to balconies and terraces on the third and fourth floors.

This short video discusses the technical design challenge to soundproof a building to create an acoustically sealed box between offices above and parking garage below. Take the opportunity to see inside the inner workings of a soundstage usually under wraps when a film or television show is in production and learn about the background infrastructure that makes the onscreen magic happen.

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