Today’s featured project is The Guild/RW2 Studios located in Crossroads District of Kansas City, MO. This 12,000 SF event space and production studio is one of the early pioneers that helped define what makes the “Creative Crossroads” so cool.
Thank you to Judy Rush of RealFake, Lyndon & Lindsey Wade…the dynamic duo that make up the world renowned Wade Brothers for your vision and fearlessness. Shout out to Dale Frommelt of Egg Design for your collaboration on the project…one of the most versatile and talented people we know – honored to call you family.
The Guild/RW2 Studios was the recipient of a 2013 National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Design Excellence Citation.
Today we were in the studio with The Wade Brothers shooting a new spot featuring the leadership at Pendulum. Devan was the first to go so I had a little fun shadowing the man behind the camera. It’s funny to me how often people take for granted the skill required to be a successful photographer/director/business owner at the top of your game. The time that I’ve spent with these guys has taught me that it takes a lot – charm, charisma, vision, impeccable taste, and hustle, to name a few. The really funny take away from all of this is the fact that It’s obvious we’re having a good time even though we hate getting our pictures taken…”Respect The Shooter”.
In answer to your questions:
1. Yes, that’s a skateboard half-pipe in the background
2. Music – Dwele “Greater Than One” LP – Track #9 “Swank”
3. I know, I know – shooting video with my iPhone in portrait orientation messed the whole thing up.
We recently finished up a photo shoot of the event space and studio highlighting a few of the unique details. It’s funny how we often take for granted all the little touches here and there, especially when you’re so close to the project. In any case, the posted photos are a nice stroll down memory lane.
The Guild KC is a multi-use space designed to be a hub of creativity and a place for local artists, musicians and builders to gather, work and play. The building program includes an outdoor garden, large open interior, and office mezzanine that is home to an internationally recognized photography studio. The interior design is meant to communicate the notion of timeless craft with hints of contemporary geometries that are highlighted by down-to-earth raw materials. This design methodology thoughtfully compliments the personality of the building Owners.
Consideration was given to sustainability throughout the project – the space is equipped with elements that welcome natural light and showcase reclaimed materials in ceilings, countertops and floors. The incorporation of white Subway tile complimented by hand-made Edison bulb wall sconces attribute to a nostalgic feel throughout. The hand assembled chandelier serves as the focal piece of the event space.
500 SF oil soaked 2” x 14” joists (used for stair tread and counters)
9’-0” tall 1930’s era empire chandelier (reclaimed from Miami, FL ballroom)
5′-0″ tall half-pipe
Random Shout out
One of our esteemed colleagues toured the space during construction because his daughter wanted to book the space for her wedding. He told the Owners “you’ll NEVER finish this project in time”…he then pulled his deposit. The wedding was scheduled for October 2012 – we received our official occupancy permit in June 2012.
Thanks for the fuel! We love a good challenge…btw, the price just doubled.