original publication material - courtesy of Deborah Berke & Partners Architects
Box Studios is a photography studio specializing in digital retouching and production for fashion photographers, magazines, and artists. Their new headquarters is a renovated 17,500 sf, three story, 19th century building in New York’s Meatpacking District. A crisp interpretation of an industrial building, the architecture distinguishes the studio’s digital technologies with reminders of previous occupants—butchers, printers, artists—in the exposed timber construction and formerly low-tech production spaces newly coordinated with high-tech needs.
A massive horizontal security door protects the entrance, and folds up to double as an awning during business hours, complementing the district’s ubiquitous canopies. Six large steel sash windows puncture the new black, painted brick façade.
A new skylight and atrium illuminate workspaces down to the ground floor, organizing the building according to lighting requirements at each stage of production. On the top floor are north-lit presentation rooms behind the facade, the light-filled center, and executive offices. The second floor accommodates administrative space around the atrium, and a darkened retouching studio at the rear of the building where highly technical manipulation takes place. On the ground floor, the light well illuminates the archive, which is fed prints from developing equipment extending through the darkroom wall. Open spaces on each floor are designed for both common activities and photo shoots.
Original description by Deborah Berke & Partners