As if the Los Angeles Arts District weren’t heating up already, now it’s got the Firehouse Hotel.
Built inside a historic 1927 firehouse, this go-to spot for chic out-of-towners hitting Los Angeles is more than just a hotel, also housing a restaurant, event space and coffee bar on premises. But with just nine stylish suites, it was essential for each booking to go beyond your typical LA stay, and be the best experience possible.
Criterion Acoustics (CA) was selected to secure the most stringent sound isolation possible throughout all of the Firehouse Hotel’s spaces. “The LA Arts District can definitely get loud out on the street,” notes David Kotch, President of Criterion Acoustics. “The challenge was to isolate the suites from each other, the street, and the outdoor restaurant just beyond their walls.”
CA’s deep experience with acoustics for historical structures also proved essential, with Kotch and his team ensuring that no acoustical treatments negatively impacted the distinctive atmosphere or structure of the restored firehouse.
“Historic buildings require extra care and attention for all of the acoustical concerns,” Kotch states. “We had to be sure to respect all required codes even as we put in additional windows and improved the exterior walls for acoustical performance. It was extremely satisfying to achieve excellent sonic ambience throughout the Firehouse Hotel while still remaining true to the building’s near century-old roots and the architect’s 21st Century vision.”