goCstudio is an innovative architecture and design studio founded by Jon Gentry and Aimée O'Carroll in 2012 and based in Seattle, USA.
Inhabiting a 1909 historic masonry building in Seattle's vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, Ritual House is amongst a number of new businesses making 19th Avenue East their home. The weathered brick storefront of Ritual House, works in contrast to the light modern interior beyond, which spans from street to alley. The insertion of a central organizing structure allows for separation of the studio space and front of house, with a large sliding wall on its east face. This plywood box incorporates the new programmatic elements while simultaneously managing the circulation of the space which peaks and troughs throughout the day. The plywood box hovers between the exposed wood rafters above and oak floors below and incorporates a built in wall of custom storage cubes on its south side, flanking a transition space. The sliding wall on the east face of the plywood box works to serve several functions. Primarily it is used for visual and acoustical privacy, closing off the studio when class is in session. A smaller pilot door is located in the sliding wall to allow latecomers a chance to slip into class with less disturbance. Between classes the sliding wall accommodates the exchange of students with a clear opening of 9’ through the transition space while also drawing fresh air through the space with large operable windows on both the east and west facing glazed walls.
The introduction of wood rafters throughout the space creates a natural rhythm which draws the eye from street to alley when the sliding wall is open. The rafters are also intrinsic to the lighting design; LED strips run the length of the rafters, pointed toward the ceiling to create a gentle glow ideal for inducing a meditative state. The wood rafters accommodate structural load and can be used for aerial yoga as well as for hanging display racks in the entry area where there is a small element of retail required.
A century old board-formed, cast-in-place concrete wall was revealed and retained during the construction process. Hand scraped and sandblasted over three days, the beauty of the wall was revealed after being covered by layers of plaster and paint added over the last hundred years. The texture of the concrete catches the western sun and provides balance to the smooth faced plywood casework and painted walls as well as recalling the history of the building.
Architect’s Project Team: Jon Gentry AIA, Aimée O’Carroll ARB
Size: 1,350 Square Feet
Completion Date: May, 2015
Contractor: Thomas Fragnoli
Engineer: J Welch Engineering, Josh Welch PE
Lighting: Coruscate Lighting Consulting, Megan Strawn
Photographer: Kevin Scott