London-based JaK Studio has won the RIBA Competition to design a £40,000 mobile recording pod for BBC Radio 4
The practice, working with product designers Seymour Powell, won the project to create a transportable studio for the BBC’s flagship Listening Project ahead of finalists Patalab Architecture and a collaboration between Henry Williams with Max Fordham Engineers.
The shortlisted schemes were chosen from more than 80 designs by a judging panel which included broadcaster Fi Glover and Keith Williams, acting as the RIBA Adviser.
Williams described the victorious concept, which was based on a speech bubble, as a ‘wonderful fusion of sophisticated product design and wittily conceived caricature’.
He added: ‘Its typological familiarity as a caravan makes it easy to engage with, yet its external expression and strong identity mark out its special purpose as a transitory BBC studio. The project was the unanimous choice of the judges.’
Studio JaK will start working with the BBC ‘immediately’ to have the finished pod ready for use around the UK by Autumn 2013.
The Listening Project - factfile
Presented by Fi Glover, is a Radio 4 initiative launched in 2012 in partnership with BBC Local Radio and the Nations, in which people across the UK volunteer to record a conversation with someone close to them about a subject they’ve never discussed intimately before. The conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in the second decade of the millennium.The project has had an impact on many people’s lives already, as well as producing some truly memorable radio moments. Now it is getting ready to go on the road, travelling around the country to enable as many people as possible to become involved.
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Revealed: finalists in BBC mobile recording pod contest
The AJ can reveal the three finalists in the RIBA Competition to design a £40,000 mobile recording pod for BBC Radio 4
London-based JaK Studio, working with product designers Seymour Powell, is vying for the transportable studio for the BBC’s flagship Listening Project against Patalab Architecture and a collaboration between Henry Williams with Max Fordham Engineers.
The shortlisted concepts were chosen from more than 80 designs by a judging panel which included broadcaster Fi Glover and Keith Williams, acting as the RIBA Adviser.
The teams will now be invited to discuss their designs in more detail with the successful design later this week. The winner will start working with the BBC ‘immediately’ to have the finished pod ready for use around the UK by Autumn 2013.
Tony Phillips, Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio 4 commented: ‘My fellow panellists and I were hugely impressed by the range, the effort and the overall standard of the designs submitted, combining creative flair and technical precision as they did.
Whittling the entries down to a shortlist of three proved extremely difficult
‘Whittling them down to a shortlist of three proved to be extremely difficult, but it’s so exciting to think we are now so close to having a unique Radio 4 Listening Project pod to unveil to our listeners in the autumn. At the beginning of the year, Radio 4 announced its plans to bring the network’s arts and culture content to the fore; working with RIBA to commission a talented designer to create a Listening Project pod is a fitting embodiment of this commitment.’
The shortlist in full:
- Jak Studio with Seymour Powell, Light IQ and Delicious Digital, London
- Patalab Architecture, London
- Henry Williams with Max Fordham Engineers, London
IBA Competitions has opened a contest to design a £40,000 mobile recording pod for BBC Radio 4
Open to architects and designers, the international contest seeks proposals for a waterproof ‘pod’ capable of repeated indoor and outdoor assembly over its two year lifespan.
As part of the BBC’s UK-wide touring Listening Project the public will be invited inside the ‘warm and welcoming’ structure to record group conversations.
The design must be large enough to house up to three participants and a sound producer. When dismantled the structural elements must also be small enough to be transported inside a typical office building.