Behind the red double doors of this classic Georgian town house, in London, lies a hidden secret that you'd most certainly not expect was there. The grade II listed building was commissioned for interior renovation in 2012, in preparation for the summer Olympics, and needed to be both a flexible and efficient working environment whilst still revitalising the historic, characteristic properties that make it a listed building.
To start, the town house style is one of the architectural landmarks of the city; if someone shows you a picture of one, you will be able to say with some confidence that it's in London. More over, key London based lure and cultural points of significance spring from here -take Sherlock Holmes, for example, in 221b Baker Street.
Inside is the 2DF studio; the German equivalent of ITV. Composed over seven stories, the town house gives more than enough space to shoot their projects. Because the property is listed, Überraum had a job installing furniture that wouldn't compromise the structural integrity or any key features of it. As a result, the solution to this challenge was to use bespoke furniture throughout; an approach that loans itself well to the finished product.
Who says you need a large studio with lighting, camera and sound men? In this day and age all you need is a blue screen, some ceiling fittings and a go pro! Or so it would seem. Nevertheless, over seven stories, you can see how much a TV studio like this could get done in a day.
A mellow but flavourful meeting room here. Zesty colour mixed with classic room design. The philosophy of the design team, Überraum, is to mix German technology with British design for commercial and private use and, as you can see, this has been achieved well in this entire renovation project.
A before and after shot of part of the staircase here. What a difference making room for a bit of light can make, eh? Remodelling the staircase quite radically, to allow a greater light intake and room for more air, has given the stairs a real new breath of life. The extended globe lighting is a particularly nice touch.