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November 14, 2011
Rock Box is a Japanese-style karaoke bar at 1603 Nagle Place in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.
The 3,100-square-foot space was designed within an existing building, with 11 private karaoke rooms, a small bar and a larger room for groups.
Three wood boxes delineate long corridors that lead into private rooms. Narrow windows reveal human activity from within.
A new entrance was designed in the alley, leaving the minimal Pine Street frontage to reveal the energy of the interior.
Switchable glazing can be transparent or translucent, and a user controlled exterior speaker gives the singers the option of entertaining pedestrians.
Rock Box received a Merit award from the American Institute of Architecture Seattle chapter, the first karaoke bar to be acknowledged by the AIA.
Owner: Rock Box, Seattle
Architect: MW|Works Architecture+Design, Seattle; Steve Mongillo, Eric Walter and Suzanne Stefan
General contractor: Dovetail Inc., Seattle
Lighting design: Lighting Designs Inc., Seattle
Structural engineer: RFA Structural Engineers, Seattle
Custom furniture fabrication: John Walter
Custom lighting fabrication: Suzanne Stefan
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