rock box karaoke

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rock box karaoke

Designed within an existing early 20th century shell in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, this humble space was transformed into eleven Japanese style private karaoke rooms, a small bar and a larger room for groups. Three inhabitable, weathered, blackened wood boxes delineate long corridors which lead you into private rooms saturated in color emanating from light washed walls and fabric seating. Slivers and fragments of colored light lead guests through the contrasting dark atmosphere of the public areas. Narrow windows reveal fragments of human activity from within. Rather than the adjacent street, the new entrance was designed to activate a neighborhood alley, leaving the minimal street frontage to reveal the energy of a typical box interior in lieu of the entry. Switchable glazing capable of being transparent or translucent, and a user controlled exterior speaker give the singers inside this box the option of entertaining the late night pedestrians.



location: Seattle, WA
area: 3,700 sq ft
photography: Ben Benschneider, Tim Bies


aia honor awards for washington
2011 merit award


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