Foster + Partners to modernise Los Angeles’ ‘Television City’

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Foster + Partners has won a competition to modernise the Television City studio complex in Los Angeles, where programmes such as American Idol, The Price Is Right and The Twilight Zone were produced.

The practice’s design will restore William Pereira’s 1952 buildings and add sound stages, production offices, creative offices and shops.

The 25-acre site will be arranged in two blocks, with production offices adjacent to the new stages to improve efficiency and collaboration between departments.

Tree-lined pedestrian boulevards, pocket parks and courtyards will link the two campuses. Sustainable features will include the use of low-carbon materials and on-site energy generation, which will make Television City LA’s first all-electric studio.

David Summerfield, Fosters’ head of studio, said: “We are designing a creative multi-modal campus that celebrates Television City’s 70-year history and sets a benchmark for the entertainment industry.

“It’s a great privilege to breathe life into Pereira’s iconic and inherently flexible building, which forms the heart of our modular scheme.”

Armstrong Yakubu, Fosters’ senior partner, added: “We are completely reimagining filmmaking and content production by creating an interconnected green campus with people at its centre. Working with a low-carbon structural grid allows us to craft a flexible and collaborative environment, which can adapt to changing needs well into the future.” 

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