BBC Sound Pod

Mobile recording studio


Project Date: 2013

Client: BBC

Status: Open competition, One of three finalists

Location: various


In response to the competition brief for a mobile and demountable recording pod for BBC Radio 4's The Listening Project, we have developed a soft studio. 


A wall, formed by sixty soft bricks made from coated and layered PU foam,  wraps around the recording participants like a second skin and provides a protective envelope. It expands seamlessly into the curved ceiling, creating a warm interior designed to house a space for sharing thoughts and feelings.

Whilst the interior is conditioned to facilitate an intimate atmosphere, the external appearance of the Pod materialises the Listening Project as a memorable and distinguished object. The activities of speaking and recording find their abstracted translation on the external surface. Sound wave fins project from the conversation alcove, whereas recording grooves are cut into the producer’s alcove.