“We have the finest live room ever built,” said Hitco Entertainment founder Charles Goldstuck, speaking to Billboard Magazine about the new Sanctuary recording studio, located in Albany, Bahamas. Just as impressive is the white, rolling-wave exterior by Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).
In addition to its live room, control room and five production suites, the Sanctuary includes a beautiful artists’ lounge, designed by Justin Timberlake, with a full kitchen, dining and sitting rooms, and an outdoor area with a hot tub and gas grill.
Think Simple designed and installed the audio, video and computer networking systems within the Artists’ Lounge, plus Crestron lighting and shading controls for the lounge, reception area, hallways and the live room.
A Crestron audio system provides superb sound within the Artists’ Lounge; a Crestron DigitalMedia network sends 4K video to an 85” Samsung TV (with a Leon sound bar). Crestron touch panels make system operations simple.
Goldstuck began planning the facility in 2013, bringing Timberlake, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Tavistock Group founder Joe Lewis, and Albany Managing Partner Christopher Anand on board as investors.
In addition to recording, Goldstuck hopes to partner with the Berklee College of Music, Kennesaw State University, and other institutions to provide music education at the Sanctuary for local youth.
“There are probably more talented musicians per capita in the Bahamas than anywhere else,” he told Billboard. “This was an opportunity to build a world-class facility that can serve as a catalyst for local talent development.”