KLC School of Design alumni, Rebecca Weir, lights the way for the BBC’s unique mobile recording studio

KLC School of Design alumni, Rebecca Weir, Creative Director of Light IQ provided the lighting design for London architecture firm JaK Studio in conjunction with innovation consultancy Seymour Powell.

The innovative, architect-designed mobile recording studio, taking the form of a speech bubble, will tour the country to record and share conversations with people around the UK for broadcast by the BBC. The design was selected as part of an international design challenge organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Inspired by the iconic Airstream ‘caravan’, the lightweight, aerodynamic booth has been hand crafted on a standard trailer base. Behind the speech bubble’s plain polycarbonate ’skin’, lies an interactive light sculpture, that responds and reacts to conversations happening inside.

The inspiration for the lighting installation was the old fashioned stereo graphic equaliser. KLC alumni, Rebecca Weir explains:

“We felt it was important that observers of the ‘Listening Booth’ could sense the conversations internally even if they could not hear the spoken word. The equaliser is able to ‘sense’ the volume, tones and intonations of the speakers with a representative play of colour and movement behind the skin of the caravan creating a very subtle diffused effect. Internally, lighting has been integrated into the sophisticated acoustic treatments including perforated ceiling rafts, insulation and acoustic furniture. The log burner takes centre stage ensuring the result is a warm, intimate and accessible environment where people can feel relaxed, uninhibited and comfortable opening their hearts and conversations up to the nation. The ambience has been designed to engender a ‘home from home’ feel with decorative flying ducks adding warmth and a touch of nostalgia.”

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.”

The projects first live outside broadcast took place this month and will be travelling the country throughout the summer.