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Area 01

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Are you a visual artist?

The Image Lab has tools to help take your video and photography skills to the next level.


Do you make music?

The Sound Lab can be used as a studio or a practice space.


Are you a gamer?

The Game Lab features dedicated pods for competitive team and multiplayer computer games.


Do you Dabble?

The Dabble Lab is a space for creative exploration. Whatever you can dream—you can do.


Discover a passion and a purpose

Area 01 is a community-focused interdisciplinary learning destination featuring a maker space, music and video labs and a gaming area in Maple Hall.

Be Boundless


How it works

Area 01, located in Maple Hall, is open to everyone with priority access to residential students and UW students enrolled in courses taking place in Area 01.

A quarterly use fee of $25.00 applies to UW students who do not live in HFS housing.

Reserve a space

Area 01 is pleased to accept reservations for the machines and equipment in the Sound Lab, Game Lab, and Image Lab.

Reserve now!



HFS Resident

  • Free access
  • Entry: 1 pm – Midnight



  • User Fee Applies
  • Entry 1 pm – 8 pm

“Area 01 is the hip place to be on West Campus! It’s filled with innovative equipment and rooms for students to be creative with. I have never seen anything like it before!”

—Amber S., Industrial & Systems Engineering

Service and operations updates

Area 01 operations and usage guidelines have been modified per current UW and state restrictions, to ensure a safe and healthy facility through enhanced cleaning and physical distancing protocols.

What to look for

  • Posters and digital display screens have information on physical distancing, hygiene practices, and other safety information. Hygiene guidelines are also posted in each restroom.
  • Floor markings and posters provide traffic flow patterns.
  • New for this year: The only entrance to Area 01 is located at the southeast corner of Maple Hall, located off Lincoln Way. All other doors in Area 01 are exit only.

Enhanced cleaning

  • HFS custodial staff clean public areas daily using EPA-registered disinfectants.
  • High-touch areas in all buildings are disinfected twice daily.
  • Area 01 staff clean machines and equipment between each use with EPA-registered disinfectants.
  • Appropriate cleaning protocols are in place to respond to a positive COVID-19 case.
  • The entrance to Area 01 has hand sanitizer dispensers for student and staff use.
  • Plexiglas barriers have been installed at the reception desk.
  • Staff wear face coverings at all times and will enforce face covering requirements for all users. Staff will wear gloves if required for their job.

Make an appointment

Appointments are made day of and are strongly recommended to assist us in limiting the number of people in the space at one time. If you arrive for your appointment and the space you are hoping to use is unavailable, we will ask that you make an appointment for another time due to occupancy restrictions.

  • Appointments are listed in one hour sessions. Each hour includes 15 minutes for staff to clean that area after use. Please end your project work or activity after 45 minutes.
  • Your appointment will be cancelled if you do not arrive within 5 minutes of the start of your reservation.
  • All appointments are limited to two reservations per day for each user. If there is no reservation after yours, you can continue to use the space. Please ask a staff member to extend your reservation.

How to make an appointment

  1. Stop by the Area 01 desk and talk to a staff member or
  2. Call (206)616-9666


Drop-ins are permitted if there is an open appointment for the space you would like to use. Check-in at the reception desk when you arrive and we will book the time for you. If there are no open appointments, we will ask you to come back later to allow for enough distance between users

Take care of yourself and others

  • Face coverings are required at all times.
  • It is recommended that users wash their hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer prior to entering Area 01 and when leaving Area 01.
  • All users must check-in at the desk. Observe traffic flow patterns and physical distancing requirements outlined by the floor markers.
  • Return borrowed items at the end of your appointment so they can be disinfected for the next person.

Upcoming Events and Classes

See the full schedule

New to Area 01?

All new and prospective Dabble Lab users must complete our user agreement either at the Maker Desk before their first visit or online via our online portal. This training is to ensure that you can use the lab space safely and is available online through the link below. Please note that you do not need to complete this to use the Game Lab area, Sound Lab, or Image Lab.

The user agreement and/or safety training must be completed annually.

Dabble Lab + MILL Safety Training