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Result announced: RIBA Design Challenge for mobile recording pod for BBC Radio 4's The Listening Project


13 June 2013

Press release contact:

Julia Davies
T: +44 (0)113 203 1490
E: julia.davies@riba.org

The RIBA is delighted to announce the successful team in the challenge to design a mobile recording ‘pod’ for BBC Radio 4’s The Listening Project as JaK Studio with Seymourpowell, Light IQ and Delicious Digital, London.

The Judging Panel interviewed the three shortlisted teams on Wednesday 5 June to select the final successful design. The other shortlisted competitors were Patalab Architecture and Henry Williams with Max Fordham Engineers.

Keith Williams, RIBA Adviser commented: “The selected scheme is a wonderful fusion of sophisticated product design and wittily conceived caricature. 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.”

Tony Phillips, Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio 4 says: “All of the judges were struck by the wit and the warmth of the ‘speech bubble’ design. Combining familiarity, style and privacy, it chimed wonderfully with the spirit of The Listening Project. We believe we have an extraordinarily imaginative and distinctive new place for our audiences around the UK to record and share their conversations.”

Jacob Low - Partner, JaK Studio commented: “We were deeply inspired by the Listening Project and searched to find a concept that could capture a nation in conversation. Our solution is a truly mobile recording studio shaped in the form of the humble ‘Speech Bubble’ to be filled with the stories of everyday people”'.


Notes to editors

- Please ensure RIBA Competitions are credited when mentioning the above competition. RIBA Competitions delivers variety, inspiration and value through expertly run design and architectural competitions. For further details visit www.architecture.com/competition

- The Listening Project, presented by Fi Glover, is a Radio 4 initiative launched last year 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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