Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

These Walls: Studio Architecture

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

These Walls: Studio Architecture

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A business's name often includes the founder's surname, or an adjective describing its commitment to service. At Studio Architecture, the name describes the company's office design.

The firm had an office on N. Walker Avenue along the roundabout, before the circle was even built. The business had outgrown that space, however, so firm principal Jim Hasenbeck started looking for a new place. He spoke to the building's owners, Corsair Cattle Co., about purchasing and remodeling the company's existing space, but Corsair pointed them a few blocks south to its building at NW Eighth Street and N. Walker Avenue.

When looking for a new place, Hasenbeck said he felt it was important to stay near downtown because new architects are really grasping the importance of urban living. He said Midtown has been a good location because it's easily accessible and being just north of downtown. The staff can get to that area's customers and amenities as well.

The 6,600-square-building at 816 N. Walker Ave. was constructed in 1925. It was vacant before Studio purchased it in May 2013. The architecture firm occupies more than 5,000 square feet of the structure's south end, while Nault Fine Art will soon fill the building's northern side.

On Studio's side, the old space has been transformed into an office filled with modern, contemporary touches. When guests enter the space, they are immediately greeted with a nearly ceiling- height screen made of vertical 2-by-4 boards that are intertwined with sheet metal. The screen divides the entryway and work space, while also pointing guests in the direction of the reception desk.

On the right is a conference room that is one of the only closed- off areas in the office. The room has red, black and white accents, with the original brick walls visible. It can be closed off with a large thick felt wall that is styled to look like a barn door. …

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