1202 Studios

Tucson, AZ


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As a collaboration between architects Bob Lanning, David Shambach and Paul Weiner, the partners sought to convert this former Midas Muffler Shop into multi-suite and day-light infused studio that could house their individual practices. This transformation of a unremarkable muffler shop into the texturally complex and proportionally interesting 1202 Studios building  proved to be both a creative and cost effective solution that took advantage of opportunities available to the design team. To this end, architects utilized the existing building proportions while re-ordering building elements and textures to embraced the history of this industrial structure thus creating a modern and comfortable studio environment.

Fundamentally, the design re-purposed the muffler shop into three individual office suites, complete with mezzanines to take advantage of the existing 16 foot ceiling height. Doing so involved DESA’s rigorous engagement with the City of Tucson’s Board of Adjustment variance process as well as extensive site plan and landscape plan reviews.

In dialogue with these code and zoning processes, the renovation also included the reinforcement of the sub-standard roof structure in addition to modifications to the existing shell and site to meet accessibility requirements. The electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems were also completely reworked to suit the building’s new use.