Sony Music Entertainment


Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Inc.
West Coast Corporate Headquarters
Santa Monica, California
100,000 square feet

Created in 1992, the Sony BMG Music Entertainment campus exemplifies PAI’s ability to create cost-effective, innovative design.

Acoustics and lighting were of particular concern to Sony BMG’s three-building campus of the Columbia, Epic, RCA, and Arista labels. The exacting standards for acoustical and ambient lighting systems were met using innovative design solutions and cutting-edge technologies. In response to the project’s requirements for high-end electronics, audio-visual, and acoustical capabilities, PAI introduced a variety of lighting systems ranging from subtle wall sconces to attention-riveting spotlights.

Private offices feature curved and angled walls constructed with four layers of gypsum board and door assemblies that reduced sound transmission to a class STC-39 rating. Conference rooms were equipped with custom-designed tables and cabinets with built-in controls for state-of-the-art audio-visual and conferencing equipment. Informal, open meeting areas were placed throughout the facility. The metal deck and columns were exposed, juxtaposing a sophisticated look with edgy structural forms.

Each building’s interior features a distinct color palette, further defining the separate identities of the record labels within the three-building campus.