Fort Worth Camera Studios feature details that allude to photography
A pierced concrete wall based on camera openings stands in front of this Forth Worth, Texas photo studio owned by local company Ibañez Shaw Architecture.
Located on the city’s Montgomery Street, Fort Worth Camera Studios is home to photography classrooms, studios, galleries, and a shop.
The street-facing wall of the concrete building by Ibañez Shaw Architecture has seven perforated lines of different sizes that refer to the various “standard apertures” that vary the amount of light that a camera lens can reach.
When light falls through the openings in the facade, it forms a speckled pattern on the floors in the rooms behind: a hallway on the ground floor and a terrace above.
“The hole pattern in the concrete wall shows the graphic proportionality of seven standard apertures that limit how much light can enter the camera,” the studio said in a statement. “The openings in the wall are flared to increase visual transparency and graphic representation.”
These holes are among a number of details that Ibañez Shaw Architecture picked up to indicate the building’s use.
Two umbrella lights, commonly used in photo studios, illuminate a conference room and the lobby. In addition, photo reflectors on the roof reflect the light from the top of the concrete walls that run on either side.
“Photo lights and reflectors were incorporated into the design as remnants of the technology and art for which the building was intended,” the company said.
Fort Worth Camera Studios is located on a plot of land that is slightly sloping from north to south and more sloping from east to west. The two levels provide space for changing the level, with the lower level about half the size of the one above.
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The building is accessed on the south side behind a wall made of perforated white mesh that adjoins the concrete facade. The screen shields the parking lot and bears the name of the venue in capital letters.
On one side of this floor there is a long and slim sales area. Here Ibañez Shaw Architecture embedded a series of glass shelves into the concrete wall to form a display for different types of cameras.
Other features of the retail space are a square corner window that extends from the north wall. A thick yellow frame surrounds the opening and is designed as a play area for children with matching small yellow tables.
A studio and an office are on the east side of the street on the lower floor. Both are provided with the glass wall that rises behind the concrete wall, with doors that open to the deck.
Another studio and lounge are on the same level. A sleek gallery is placed behind it to cut the floor in half and divide a space for completing photo prints on the back.
Concrete remains exposed in most of the building, except in the rooms that require different lighting effects, and is therefore lined.
Fort Worth is in north Texas adjacent to the larger city of Dallas. The photo studios are located opposite the Science and History Museum of the Mexican company Legorreta + Legorreta. Other important buildings nearby include the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.