A new moveable podcast studio, The Pod, launched at White City Place, the former BBC Media Village, on Tuesday 28 February 2017. Conceived by creative agency dn&co with design by Fathom Architects, the structure is the first transferrable studio of its kind to be available for public use in the UK.
The Pod is a 12m2 moveable structure created exclusively for podcast recordings and is a fully functional studio seating up to six people. The Pod will enable brands, entrepreneurs and publications to take the first steps into the world of audio, with technical support on-hand.
Fathom Architects, the designers behind the podcast studio, drew inspiration from temporary structures, loudspeakers and the movement of sound to create a disrupted cube with audio waves emanating from its centre. A circular window referencing a speaker cone acts as the central point on three sides of the pod, allowing visual connections between the broadcasters and passers-by.
The bold patterned façade of The Pod, represented by 350,000 printed ‘pixels’, was generated from the digital script translation of the first spoken words transmitted by radio: “One, two, three, four. Is it snowing where you are Mr Thiessen?” documenting the interference patterns of sound waves.
The Pod is part of an innovative podcast initiative at White City Place, the new creative business district at the heart of the £8bn regeneration of White City in West London. The programme will see the opening of The Pod alongside the launch of Thought Starters, a new series of podcasts curated by dn&co, where industry leaders discuss the business value of creativity and share tips on how to keep a creative edge.