Drom Fragrances International
Fine Fragrance Studio

"...travel down to Drom’s so hip-it-hurts camera ready movie set of a space in Tribeca at 144 Duane Street.” - The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York by Chandler Burr

Challenge-
Create a state-of-the -art fine fragrance studio/laboratory on the ground floor and sub-cellar levels of an 1850’s landmark building. The program required an area for perfumers to meet with clients, laboratory, sampling area, work area for marketing/odor evaluation groups, and support functions. The studio was to generate a buzz from the street and function as a creative center; while also satisfying the technical demands of a laboratory.

Solution-
A fragrance bar, laboratory, and smelling booths on three levels, two of which are below the street. The 1st level houses the bar, conference room, and open work areas. The new 2nd level contains a sealed laboratory under constant negative pressure with 60 air changes per hour. It is structurally isolated to prevent vibrations from disturbing laboratory scales. The 3rd level has smelling booths for sampling, cafeteria, and cold storage rooms. Daylight penetrates the glass ceiling of the laboratory filtering down the stair to17 feet below grade. Pedestrians are drawn to the storefront by the undulating forms of the display wall and bar. The glass floor reveals the laboratory on the level below. Clients draw inspiration from raw materials displayed. The laboratory process is viewed from a glass enclosed stair leading to lowest level, where glowing portholes of the smelling booths beckon. All exhaust is filtered by a bioclimatic filter underneath the sidewalk before being ducted to the roof of the 6 story building. With design sensitivity and care, a technically state-of-the-art laboratory/fine fragrance studio can be accommodated in a historic structure.

Location:
New York, NY