architecture | art | technology


studio bau:ton, founded in 1990 as a boutique architecture firm, is now a fully integrated division of nonzero\architecture, carrying on its legacy as a pre-eminent force in the field of media production facilities design.

Within nonzero\architecture, the studio bau:ton division continues to offer a comprehensive approach to the complex challenges of projects for the creation, recording, production and distribution of audio and visual media and for the live arts.

The award-winning studio bau:ton made a name for itself from the very beginning, particularly in the music recording and audio-visual media industry. It introduced a new architectural approach to the design of media production facilities and its work and general aesthetic have since been widely emulated.

Architecture and sound share many parallel and intersecting elements.  While this had been recognized for centuries, contemporary artistic, cultural, scientific and technological developments have given rise to new building types for audio and visual media.  These projects demand solutions that offer a comprehensive approach and bridge architecture, art and technology. studio bau:ton has been pre-eminently involved in drawing together these diverse disciplines, specializing in the design and construction of buildings with unique requirements for sonic and visual performance and media technology.

A multi-disciplinary outlook has always been studio bau:ton’s basis to finding integrated solutions for all aspects of its projects. Grounded in the historical foundations of design and the building sciences, the team is continuously looking for new architectural solutions to the evolving challenges of space, construction, technology, sound and vision.

In projects of every size and type, the client's needs and budgets have consistently formed the framework for studio bau:ton's search for the most efficient and economical solution. Applying both traditional and unconventional methods, the creative potential of programs, spaces and materials are always exploited to the fullest.




On studio bau:ton’s name:

studio: artist's or worker's workroom, or an artist and his or her employees who work within that studio. This can be for the purpose of architecture, painting, pottery (ceramics), sculpture, scrapbooking, photography, graphic design, cinematography, animation, radio or television broadcasting or the making of music. (from Wikipedia)

          bau (german):  building, structure, edifice   
          ton (german):   sound, tone, pitch, timbre

Not entirely by coincidence, the name bau:ton is also reminiscent of Bauhaus, the revolutionary and influential early 20th Century design movement and school that promoted a comprehensive approach to design, art and craft.