Tuesday, November 27

An architectural tour of the Living Room in Cold Spring, New York

Welcome to the Living Room, a space on Main Street in Cold Spring designed for events, performances, retreats, and wild dance parties. Popular Homebodies subjects Philip Nobel and Nathalie Jonas run the operation and live upstairs, as you've seen. Here are pics of the event and the space, designed by architects* Philip and Thomas de Monchaux, along with Nathalie. 

Check out the dance floor, above. Remember Fortbodies? Philip has a thing for slatted wood—it's perfect for sexy nighttime filtered light. The dance floor is at the rear of the ground-floor space. The independent structure, as seen above, reflected in the mirror, is called "the box," and it houses a few rooms. Philip notes in an email to me that the "obsessively sound-proofed" box is floating on an acoustically-isolating foam pad. And then he gets heavily architectural, so here, per Philip:

The box is clad in OSB, also known as "oriented strand board." Also known as god's perfect sheet material. The walls around the dance floor are an integrated lighting, heating, acoustic, electrical-supply and storage solution, realized in god's other most perfect material, and his cheapest, the 1" x 2" and 1"x 3" pine furring strip. Me and TdM build that motherfucker.

Re acoustics: that's also the inspiration for the big prow shape that comes out of the back of the box. We're really proud of the way the room sounds. Every single musician that has played here has complimented the acoustics. It's amazing. We tested it as we went along by clapping once in the middle of the room and listening to the "decay" and then adding/deleting where the "slats" would be. The mirror is tiled from off-the-shelf home depot cheapos. The floor is maple and sprung; it floats on a few thousand rubber pucks under the sub flooring.
Below, DJ Matthew H. Dearborn, and a walk through the space, with Philip showing me the ventilation inside the box; a light installation inside one of the box's rooms by notable local artist Jaanika Peerna (her huband, author David Rothenberg, also DJ'd the party); the entrance lounge; and sexy people having fun:

*"architects" or "architectural designers" or "architecturally educated people who teach/taught at esteemed schools of architecture" or "unlicensed" or/i.e./etc. 

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