Cover Article for Retrofit Magazine

Cover Article for Retrofit Magazine

studioMUSarx has been featured along with Peyton Boyd Architects in the September/October cover article of retrofit magazine focusing on the planning and design of the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The article discusses the benefits of a working partnership between the two architecture and design firms in creating a seamless link between building and exhibits. The project also demonstrates how the involvement of the client and their passion for telling the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions helped position the museum for ongoing success as a prominent musical venue.

Perfect Harmony

South Asian Art Visualization at The Philadelphia Museum of Art

South Asian Art Visualization at The Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has approached studioMUSarx to complete a series of five visualizations that depict how the planned technological upgrades, sensational transformation, and overall ambiance in the Pillared Temple Hall will be experienced.  The last time the South Asian galleries underwent a re-installation was over 40 years ago, and is now anticipating its refurbished wing to open in the fall of 2016.

Platinum Corridor Streetscape

Platinum Corridor Streetscape

3.0 University Place's Associate Architect, studioMUSarx, has developed an urban streetscape proposition for the envisioned "Platinum Corridor" in West Philadelphia that addresses the public engagement and gaps created between the streets, intersections, and buildings of the area.

New Website launch

New Website launch

studioMUSarx debuts a new and contemporary parallax scrolling website. Ongoing changes are being made to include additional project profiles and to optimize website speed loading times.

The Studio @ 2.0 University Place

The Studio @ 2.0 University Place

studioMUSarx has just issued a complete permit set for University Place Associates to begin construction on the design of a collaborative co-working space.  This space provides prospective tenants with the opportunity to share amenities of a flexible working environment containing powered and movable work tables, individual work stations, quiet nooks, lounges, conference rooms, and an open “break den” kitchen that fosters a productive atmosphere that meets the needs of any worker. The work environment benefits from active chilled beams, a lighting controlled sensor system that adjusts for comfort and energy efficiency, and a naturally lit open space with uninterrupted views of the cityscape.  This interior fit-out aims to achieve LEED Platinum under the LEED v4 rating system.

Emerging Professional

Emerging Professional

Sherman Lai, studioMUSarx LLC’s senior architectural designer and exhibit designer, has been selected to be a part of the AIA’s 2015 Annual Emerging Professionals Exhibition. His board, Outpost Nestled in the Badlands, was chosen from projects across North America and is on display at the AIA’s national headquarters in Washington, DC. This conceptual design of a new National Park Service replacement center in North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park was designed in conjunction with the firm’s principal, Joseph Nicholson, AIA.

Native American Indian Exhibit at SUNY/Cobleskill

Native American Indian Exhibit at SUNY/Cobleskill

Recent archaeological excavation at one of the most important Native American Archaeological sites in North America has prompted the State University of New York at Cobleskill (SUNY) to create an exhibit featuring chipped stone tools and tool-making artifacts. In conjunction with Kleinschmidt Water & Willow and Landmark Associates, studioMUSarx is helping shape an interpretive exhibit that illustrates the importance of the archaeological site, fosters an understanding of regulatory issues pertaining to historic sites and wetlands, and.stimulate student interest in the study of archaeology and botany.

Associate Architect at 3.0 University Place

Associate Architect at 3.0 University Place

With the start of the design of 3.0 University Place in West Philadelphia’s Platinum Corridor, studioMUSarx has joined with The Sheward Partnership to serve as Associate Architect on this project. The new five story building of approximately 185,000 square feet of rentable space will be LEED Platinum certified and offer an intensive green roof as an inhabitable tenant amenity. The building’s green roof will aid in storm water management while the building’s energy saving systems will utilize active chilled beams, lighting sensor control systems, and an advanced glass façade shading system.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Grand Opening

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Grand Opening

studioMUSarx LLC is proud to announce the completion of their latest Smithsonian Affiliated project, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia. The museum was planned as the adaptive reuse of a 1920s two-story building to celebrate where country music was famously recorded in 1927 during an event known as the “Bristol Sessions.” Opening on August 2, the 23,600 square foot museum includes a live performance theater, orientation theater, sacred music chapel recreation, working radio station, and interactive music mixing consoles. Upon entering the museum, visitors are greeted by the recordings of the 1927 Bristol Sessions, which are being projected from the two-story lobby thematic structure. The structure is equipped with graphic LED panels and sound drivers to transform the exhibit into a musical work of art. On the second floor core exhibit spaces, visitors can intimately listen to the Bristol Sessions, view the various types of instruments played in country music, and have an opportunity to remix the original songs to their own interpretation. Another prominent feature is WBCM-LP, the museum's own radio station and recording studio, where bands are able to perform live.

Gallery 3041

Gallery 3041

studioMUSarx LLC was tapped by University Place Associates to design the identity for their new gallery space “Gallery 3041”. The inaugural show opened recently with “Faces of the World” with Photography by Lyn. The artist's statement and label cards were also created by the design staff.

LG&E/KU Feasibility Study

LG&E/KU Feasibility Study

studioMUSarx completed a comprehensive, three-step feasibility study considering the development of an energy education center for LG&E/KU, a Kentucky utility company. Various sites were investigated for suitability, and sustainable building strategies were developed for both existing and new building options. Concepts for exhibits addressed energy use and generation, providing a major educational contribution to community awareness of current energy issues.