STARK STUDIOS, RANDBURG

The recording studios and supporting facilities where the MNet series Binneland is produced is situated in a sophisticated urban landscape and is contemporary yet earthy.

The 7100 sq m double storey building centres on a courtyard and features double-volume areas in the reception area as well as outside the two recording studios. Each double volume has a staircase with wide timber treads supported by an elegant steel structure. Service cores with coffee stations are strategically positioned for easy access. Other facilities include a 50-seat auditorium, production control rooms and offices, edit suites, a hair & make-up salon, a scriptwriters’ studio, wardrobe and art departments, as well as dressing rooms for actors. The boardroom, lounge and dining areas all lead onto a double volume covered patio that overlooks a rectangular water feature, beyond which lies the Patrick Watson-designed garden. The close relationship between client and architect lead to the successful interpretation of a complex brief – to combine very specific operational and technical requirements with an environment conducive to creativity. Built by Bastion Construction, the result is state-of-the-art, high-definition recording studios of an international standard in an inspiring and relaxed setting.

The building has a unique aesthetic which blends an earthy vernacular with contemporary simplicity and understatement. A balanced play between solidity in the form of oversized walls and transparency in the large expanses of glazed panels creates a wonderful dynamic and flow yet maintains a sense of intimacy and definition of space.

This style was continued in the décor and furniture (designed by the client, architect and Cape Town interior decorator Andrea Graff). The finest details have been paid attention to, such as: Custom-made Pierre Cronje sofas and tables ; a striking 4m long Dokter & Misses dining table; mine beams and a wooden chair by Laurie Owen Interiors ,a double volume mural by painter Sascha Stylianou , artworks by painter Deborah Bell and textile designer Jenny Gifford.

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