Inside National Sawdust
Bureau V’s design maintains the building’s rough historic brick exterior while providing a refined new interior: a flexible, acoustically-driven, intimate chamber hall can accommodate 120-170 seated patrons, cabaret seating, or 350 standing guests. The venue can hold a 70-piece orchestra for rehearsals and recordings, and will house two bars and a restaurant featuring James Beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly.
Acoustically designed by Arup to accommodate a range of repertoire, both amplified and unplugged, National Sawdust has the optimum balance of sound absorbing, diffusing, and reflecting finishes for an enriched acoustic experience. The entire building is connected via audio, video, and data tie lines. This point-to-point infrastructure allows an engineer to be situated in either the sound and light control room or the production room and record artists in all the interior spaces.