This was another highly successful cooperative design with BK Design Projects. Together, we developed a hybrid real/virtual studio solution to fulfil the requirements of a BBC Sport competitive tender to upgrade their dedicated studio at the AELTC Wimbledon site.
The existing studio consists of a relatively modest space, with a large, curved window overlooking the centre of this famous site. We worked closely with BK Design to develop their original concept into a tangible, and much larger architectural interior. Presenters and guests sit at a physical desk, backed by the real window surrounds and exterior views. Wrapped around this, is an extended 360° virtual space. The virtual section of the set offers integrated screen designs, and a lightwell feature through which daylight pours. Graphics can be displayed on glass screens within the lightwells void, whilst video and graphics, set on curved glass screens, form a rotating carousel feature around the lightwells perimeter. To complement the spatial design, we prepared multiple lighting designs for the virtual set, corresponding to the various presenting times; day, dusk, and night.
Great care was taken to adhere to the material and colour palettes of the Wimbledon venue, particularly the use of London stock bricks, and the climbing plants that feature abundantly around the site. We were methodical in ensuring that we designed and built the model for this set using correct detailing and dimensions e.g. real brick coursing was used throughout. This is a feature of our architectural design experience that other companies miss, but for us is instinctive. This approach embedded the virtual set into the real context seen outside the studio window, enriching the design with a greater level of authenticity.
The project was first broadcast in June 2021.
Client: BBC Sport
Design: BK Design Projects + Lightwell
Set Build: Scott Fleary