Interdisciplinary Architecture (IA) recently completed Pulse Studio, a flagship video production facility for LinkedIn in the company’s New York City headquarters at the Empire State Building...
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From the architect: IA designed the 6,900-square-foot studio to take advantage of its iconic location while still offering total acoustic insulation from the building’s mechanical systems and the bustling streets below. Designed to use views over Fifth Avenue as a backdrop for video shoots, the new space enables LinkedIn to record and livestream interviews with top business executives and cultural figures.
To showcase the views while offering a controlled acoustic environment, IA studied ambient noise levels and sightlines throughout LinkedIn’s seven-floor office space within the Empire State Building before deciding on the northeast corner of the third floor. In collaboration with the architect-of-record M Moser Associates, IA then designed a state-of-the-art studio that enables LinkedIn to produce professional-grade video content. Outfitted with acoustically treated glass, the sound stage offers dynamic views of the Midtown cityscape while achieving NC-20 noise criteria for HVAC and NC-25 for sound isolation.
Throughout the project, IA worked closely with LinkedIn’s production teams to understand their workflows and design spaces tailored to their needs. The studio includes highly finished VIP lounges and green rooms where celebrity guests can prepare for their shoots, audio editing facilities that allow streaming content to be processed in real-time, conference rooms for team meetings, and ample equipment storage areas. Each of these areas is arranged in an efficient plan that creates convenient program adjacencies, maximizes usable space, and offers a seamless studio environment.
The project is one of several IA has completed for LinkedIn, including studios at the company’s Carpinteria Campus in California, in Bangalore, India, and Graz, Austria. IA is currently working on a video production suite for LinkedIn in San Francisco, CA, and a media production center for LinkedIn’s new headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.
Architect: Interdisciplinary Architecture
Client: LinkedIn Corporation
Location: New York, New York, USA
Project Size: 6,900 sq ft
General Contractor: J.T. Magen & Company
Architect of Record: M Moser Associates
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
MEP/FP Engineering: AKF Group LLC
Acoustical Engineer: Cerami & Associates, Inc.
A/V & Technology Consultant: Alfa Tech
Lighting Consultant: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Broadcast Technology Consultant: Brooks-Flemming Associates
Client Representative: Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc.
Expeditor: Rizzo Group
Photography: David Pond - LinkedIn