Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra Shell

Lyric Opera of Chicago Shell. Photo Credit: Susan B. Noyes

Lyric Opera of Chicago Shell. Photo Credit: Susan B. Noyes

Ravenswood Studio recently completed the installation of a new orchestra shell for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. This massive structure designed by world famous Jeanne Gang and Studio/Gang Architects working in conjunction with Threshold Acoustics. Ravenswood Studio was brought in to complete the engineering and fabrication of this complicated structure.

Constructed from custom veneered and finished MDF panels, precision computer cut plywood ribs were attached to steel sub-structures and then clad with the computer cut MDF veneer panels. The entire shell is made up of 34 giant pieces with a 35’ tall back wall, 35’ tall side walls on rolling jacks with concealed doorways, and twenty-one floating roof pieces that complete the ceiling of the structure. The 8,000lb back wall was suspended from chain motors and truss which allow it to fly out for storage. To ensure accuracy in engineering, fabrication and installation Ravenswood Studio mocked up three full scale sections of the shell during the engineering and prototyping phase. This was necessary due to the complex nature of the structures’ compound curves that were designed to curve in multiple directions and to also offer Threshold Acoustics the ability to verify sound reflection properties ensuring proper performance when installed at Lyric Opera.

Check out our installation time lapse by clicking on the link below: 
Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra Shell Installation Time Lapse

Ravenswood Studio Build Project Wins Award!

Raupp Museum General Store

Raupp Museum General Store

The Crossroads Exhibit in the Raupp Museum in Buffalo Grove recently earned an Award of Excellence in Exhibits from the Illinois Association of Museums. This exhibit, built by Ravenswood Studio, opened in April, 2014. It was designed by Exhibit Design Central and is a period recreation of downtown Buffalo Grove. The approximately 1,000 square foot exhibit features a greenhouse to represent nurseries in the area like Geimer and Fiore, the Prairie View train station and the Weidner General Store. Congratulations to the Raupp Museum.

By: Rich Walthers

Inside the Shop: Nathan Crawford

1600249_814754059565_1829126400_nNathan, what are you working on?
“Right now we are working on many large and complex metal structures that house graphics, lenticular panels, and several interactives. These will be permanently displayed in one of Chicago’s largest museums.”

Any challenges?
“Each structure has to be identical, because there are so many it challenge to make each one perfectly match. You must have an eye for detail and a lot of patience especially when you are welding big pieces of metal together!”

How long will it take you to complete this?
“We have been working on this project for 6 months,and I would say we have about about two more months left.”

What’s your favorite thing about this project?
“I love finishing the pieces, taking a step back and seeing that all of the structures look like carbon copies of one
another — it is a really a great feeling of accomplishment!”

Anything else you would like to share, maybe a personal project that you’re working on here?
“I have my own shop where I work on the weekends, right now I am building a seven foot walnut dining table for my home. You can check out my past projects at




The Gramovox Prototype



A few months ago we were approached by a local entrepreneur that was about to embark on a new
venture. The inventor of Gramovox set out reinvent the gramophon for the 21st century by making
the device wireless with Bluetooth technology that would sync up to a mobile device.

Ravenswood was asked to take part in the prototyping of the Gramovox’s stand fabrication.
“This was a very different kind of project for us, we are used to building huge theatre sets. It was a
nice change of pace to work on something so so small and detailed.” said Lewis miller who was the
project manager on this job.

The Gramovox can be purchased through Kickstarter, be sure to check out the video!


Fifth Third Bank’s Curiosity At Work Ad


5/3 Bank Ad

5/3 Bank Ad

Have you heard about Ravenswood Studio on the radio or seen the ad in the newspaper? Recently Fifth Third Bank has featured Michael Shapiro, the president of Ravenswood Studio and Luci Creative in their Curiosity at Work campaign.  The campaign was designed to showcase innovative small businesses.  We could not be more excited since this is a great way to promote our name and the great work we all do at Ravenswood Studio.

Click here to check out the ad and vote for us on the 5/3 website.

9th Annual Chicago Guerrilla Truck Show

Kevin, Jake and Beau

Last Tuesday DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids) hosted the 9th annual Guerrilla truck Show. In just 24 hours Beau Hale and Kevin Dean Taylor renovated the back of a 23 foot moving truck into a “loft” space where they displayed their one-of-a-kind works.

Faux brick pillars and a wooden beam framed the exterior of the truck, drop ceiling panels with can lights, cork flooring and off white walls created a serine “living space.” Beau Hale’s lighting, furniture and accessories created a mid-century modern feel to the space whereas Kevin Dean Taylor’s abstract, multimedia, assemblage paintings brought the walls to life with pops of bright colors. The truck was a great mockup of how with a few simple pieces you can create a wonderful and serine living space.

Great job guys!

Check out pictures from the event!

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