BBC Radio 1 & One Xtra
Thursday 30 May 2013


Occupying the top floor of the new state-of-the-art BBC New Broadcasting House, the new Radio 1 and 1Xtra studios are the first purpose built facilities for the BBC’s flagship radio station.

The Radio 1 and 1Xtra studios, whilst part of New Broadcasting House, posed a distinct design challenge. From incorporating large studio space for live music, to facilitating an increased focus on the generation of interactive content, or creating a comfortable space for Radio 1’s numerous guests, the unique space was designed with flexibility at its core.

Adaptability of recording space was also paramount. The layout of Radio 1 and 1Xtra is focused around six new state-of-the-art recording studios that HOK designed to work in isolation or in tandem, offering maximum flexibility for the stations. A new Live Lounge accommodates Radio 1’s acoustic live recording sessions, eliminating the need to use external recording studios, whilst a bespoke entrance complete with the runway (a graffiti guestbook corridor) and a green room welcomes celebrity guests.

HOK’s design focused on embodying the iconic Radio 1 and 1Xtra brands, representing the heritage of the station whilst recognising the current audience and celebrating new music output. The colour scheme of purple and blues is distinct from the wider New Broadcasting House, which because of a need to be ‘always on air’ was designed in the BBC palette of red and orange.

Throughout the space, bespoke graphics celebrate the station’s audience and creative output - audience graphics taken from images of a Radio 1 festival adorn the green room, whilst messages and autographs of current artists are displayed in the entrance. Emphasis on emerging talent is represented through the selection of loose furniture from up and coming British brands, creating unique collaboration and flexible working spaces. 

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