Sky Skills Studios
The Sky Skills Studios at BSkyB’s head office in London consist of four fully functioning TV studios situated around a central area. The design and project management was led by RPM, Sky’s design and events agency in London; and Platform, a Brighton-based agency specialising in 3D space design. For the lighting, RPM brought in David Atkinson (DALD), who specified Spanlite as LED edge-lighting specialists to oversee the Studio glazing panels.
Each Studio is accessible from the central area, and can be viewed through two apertures. One has a fixed glass panel, and the other a glass door and adjacent glass panel. The brief was to create and fit edge-lit single-pane glazing for each panel including the doors, with the ability to change colours – specifically to match the background colours in Sky’s logo.
Spanlite devised a solution by adapting an existing glazing channel to house Red, Green, Blue and Amber LEDs. The glass was printed with a white ceramic ink dot pattern, to highlight the colour near the edges of the glass, to depict the name of each Studio on the corresponding door, and to ensure DDA compliance.
Colour-changing illumination sequences across the glazing are synchronised with the welcome video to stunning effect. Each Studio can be colour-coded, or all the panels can be set to a particular colour, or they can be set to change colour at the touch of a button. The result is a dazzling success – a dynamic feature at the heart of the design aesthetic.
Main Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease
Main Fit-Out: Fireclad
Lighting Design: DALD
Edge-lit glass: Spanlite