In this episode, Cherise is joined by Tima Bell, Associate AIA and Founding Principal and Ginna Claire Nguyen, Associate AIA and Principal at Relativity Architects in Los Angeles, California. Tima and Ginna share their insights into their recent work on Siren Production Studios, an urban in-fill site in Hollywood, CA. Relativity created a masterplan for Siren Studios campus through a mix of new construction, building renovations, interior design, programmatic development, and a motion-picture production soundstage, referred to as The Cube.

The 40 foot tall, single-story concrete structure is designed to accommodate everything from high-end magazine advertisement shoots and commercials to full-length feature films. The 13,000-square-foot soundstage, with an additional 3,000-square-foot annex of support space, features a reinforced truss system that can support more than 10,000 pounds of rigging—enough to hang three cars. To see project photos and details discussed, visit

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities – insulated concrete form wall systems provided acoustic benefits and reduced construction cost by 30 percent, advanced acoustic control needs required unique assemblies and materials, while in the permitting process, the client decided to reduce the building area from 20,000 to 13,000 square feet, and much more.

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