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BBC takes new travelling Listening Studio on the road

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The BBC has taken the wraps off a new mobile recording studio designed by London-based JaK Studio

The portable booth was commissioned as part of BBC Radio 4’s the Listening Project after a RIBA-run international competition.

Designed in conjunction with innovation consultancy Seymourpowell, the structure has been constructed in the shape of a speech bubble.

The travelling studio was inspired by the iconic Airstream caravan and features a polycarbonate skin with lights behind which react to the conversations happening within the booth.

It will travel the country recording conversations with people around the UK which will be broadcast on the BBC.

RIBA president Stephen Hodder said: ‘The Listening Project Booth is a brilliantly witty project and a great piece of product design. It was the unanimous choice of our competition judges and I’m sure will inspire those who see it on the road and share their stories within it.’

Jacob Low, partner at JaK Studio added: ‘To be selected to design an environment for such a unique and special project has been a privilege and a pleasure. Beyond the practicalities, we wanted to create a booth that celebrated the power and intimacy of conversation. From the reactive light sculpture that visually captures the dynamics of speech to the home-from-home touches that make the interior space a cosy cabin in which to retreat.

‘For the ensuing months that the speech bubble booth will be on the road, it will be the definitive place for people to share with us the story of their lives, and we’re thrilled that they will be doing so in an environment that represents so many heartfelt moments of our own.’

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