Media Architecture – BBC Broadcasting House

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Source: Author own picture – BBC Broadcasting House London

The architecture of the BBC Broadcasting House is a mix of modern and historic buildings dated of 1932. The external redeveloped part of the building is futurist with large glazed façades and a special design on the plaza pavement showed the national and international extend of the BBC. Countries and cities are engraved in the pavement with microphone broadcasting BBC world radio.

The old parts of the building looked at the BBC past of broadcasting legacy. You can see on the initial façade statues of Shakespeare the Tempest, evoking the magical of broadcasting character with the spirit of air and the magician (Arial and Prospero).

Source: Author own picture – Façade statues of Shakespeare the Tempest

This BBC media building is impressive from inside and also outside and tend to be like Nick Couldry (2005) called ‘the myth of the mediated centre’ in the way this building is projecting a language of power to the public through it architecture and design.You can see large digital messages on the wall similar that of the one used by finance companies. BBC is displaying the extend its services such as news, sport, travel and the weather.

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Source: Author own picture – Main Hall BBC Broadcasting House London

Visitors can access BBC’s newsroom from the Media Café which gives a spectacular view on the media operations. The newsroom space is large and regroups various services such as radio, television, news, online services inside the same central London edifice. Some screen looks like an airport with Arrivals and Departures informations.

Source: Author own picture – View of BBC’s newsroom from the Media Café

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Source: Author own picture – View of BBC’s newsroom – Arrivals screen.

References:

Couldry, N. (2005) ‘Transvaluing media studies: or, beyond the myth of the mediated centre’ in Curran, J. and Morley,

http://www.bbc.co.uk/broadcastinghouse/ [Accessed 09/12/2014]

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