RTL Audio Center

RTL Audio Center

Architect
Evolution Design
Location
Berlin, Germany | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Offices
Sebastian Doerken/ Max Schroeder
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Sofa, Lounge chair, Meeting room chair COR
ManufacturersSeletti spa
Coffee table SOFTLINE
Suspended light SATTLER
Pendant light Normann Copenhagen
ManufacturersBuzziSpace

Product Spec Sheet
Sofa, Lounge chair, Meeting room chair
Cordia Lounge, Scope, Cordia PLUS by COR
Manufacturers
Coffee table
Suspended light
Pendant light
Manufacturers

RTL Audio Center

Evolution Design as Architects

Broadcasting and media production company RTL has relocated its Berlin-based audio units to a new location. Inspired by the energy of the music industry and Berlin’s gritty nature, the project transforms radio and audio production and delivers a technologically advanced hub with interiors that inspire media workers and visitors alike.

 

Layout
Interiors reflect user journeys through the space. The reception is the first point of entry and the most public area. It is designed to surprise and impress visitors and to give an insight into the workings of a radio station. The rock-shaped reception desk is decorated with microphone lights and vertical baffles lit in the form of a soundwave. Facing the reception is the Wall of Fame – an impressive display of RTL’s golden records and awards. The visitor’s lounge has been styled as an interactive experience: a faux brick wall, inspired by Pink Floyd’s album The Wall, accommodates media screens and features more of RTL’s award trophies. Another glazed and fully transparent wall reveals the IT server room, which has been artfully lit to transform it into a striking visual feature.

The heart of the social life in the office is the loft-inspired hub – a semi-public space that encourages employees, guests and music stars to get together, socialise and entertain. It comes complete with a professionally equipped stage that enables RTL to organise in-house concerts with German music stars.

 

Look and feel
The design of the entire space is linked by a RoterFaden, or common thread: a journey into the world of music. Design elements such as light profiles, neon lights, wall graphics and furniture pieces – all in RTL’s trademark red – curl throughout the space.

The unmistakable character of the center is further enhanced by visual references to Berlin’s edgy urban life: meeting rooms styled as famous brick-walled Berlin bars, cosy shared flats and verdant parks, pay homage to the iconic city.

To create a loft-like interior, finishes such as gunmetal, plywood and solid wood were used alongside glazed partition walls, perforated cladding panels, denim-textured carpets and custom-made graffiti-style murals. Handrails sourced from Berlin’s U-Bahn add an urban touch. Striking lighting solutions, including custom-made lights resembling microphones and a lighting feature that suggests sunshine filtering through treetops, further evoke both the music industry and city life.

 

Challenges
The project faced two key challenges. The production and broadcasting studios required specialised construction – including double-studded thick gypsum walls set at angles, and interior glazing set at a slant – in order to deliver an optimum sound environment. A second challenge lay in creating interiors that reflect the energy of the music industry but retain an air of timelessness – they should not date too quickly – and which also cater for the wide variety of musical styles played by the four stations.

 

Summary
Derived from a desire to rethink radio production, the RTL audio center in Berlin is a state-of-the-art radio hub, offering a creative and technologically advanced environment that creates vital synergies between the audio units located at the center. Inspired by the energy of the music industry, interiors deliver a journey into the world of music for staff and stars alike, while references to Berlin’s edgy urban vibefurther enhance the center’s unique identity.

 

Material Used: 
Flooring
1. Carpet – EGE – Dark Water
2. Carpet – Desso – Jeans Twill

Wall finishes
1. Wallpaper – Arte International – Intrigue, Caisson
2. Carpet – Tisca – Tiara Primavera
3. Aluminium foil – Homapal – Metall

Interior lighting
1. Floor lamp – Santa & Cole – Tripode
2. Suspended light – Sattler – Gioco
3. Pendant light – Normann Copenhagen – Bell

Interior furniture
1. Sofa – COR – Scope
2. Sofa – Muuto – Outline 3-seater 
3. Sofa – Rolf Benz – Freistil 141
4. Lounge chair – Prostoria –Trifidae
5. Lounge chair – COR – Cordia Lounge
6. Lounge chair – Bürotime – Stay 
7. Meeting room chair – Cor – Cordia PLUS
8. Office chair – Sedus – Turn arround, tu-181
9. Office chair – Zuiver – Nikki
10. Coffee table – Lammhults – Deco
11. Coffee table – KFF – NL
12. Coffee table – KARE – Cherry stool
13. Coffee table – Softline – Drum
14. Pouf – Koleksiyon – SuriPouf
15. Beanbag – PuskuPusku – Lounge

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