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BBC Radio 4’s The Listening Project RIBA Competition

BBC Listening Project

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​BBC Radio 4’s The Listening Project

To create an innovative design for a Listening Project pod, for use by the general public to record personal experiences as part of the BBC Radio 4's The Listening Project in partnership with the British Library.

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JaK Studio with Seymourpowell, Light IQ and Delicious Digital were announced as the successful team in the challenge to design a mobile recording 'pod' for BBC Radio 4's The Listening Project

The design is a booth which celebrates 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.

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:

“RIBA Competitions has offered us a fantastic opportunity to test our ideas, skills and professional expertise with exciting briefs. As winners it has given us an opportunity to build projects and relationships with clients that we may not have had the opportunity to work with normally. Most importantly as a small practice it has also given us a priceless platform to showcase our work."

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