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Sneak peek: Check out the new Studio 1A

Sep. 12, 2013 at 11:20 AM ET


Video: Hundreds of workers worked day and night to redesign our TODAY home base, Studio 1A, into a modern broadcast’s dream space. See some of the people who put hard work into the transformation before it is revealed on Monday.


We're hard at work putting the finishing touches on our new home! The new Studio 1A will make its official debut on the show on Monday, Sept. 16.

It's been seven years since TODAY last revealed a new look for Studio 1A, and while the old studio served the team well, it was time for an update. Lead set designer Jeremy Conway and his crew were tasked with the revamp -- done in just 30 days.

Orange Room Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in New York, NY (Rebecca Davis / TODAY)
Rebecca Davis / TODAY
The new sofa embraces the show's trademark sunrise-orange, while also adding room to seat a few more. Hello, Carson Daly, there's now plenty of room for you! Behind the sofa is a fly-out video monitor. (In case you're wondering what that tree is all about, it's just a slideshow of sunrises playing on the new sliding monitor -- how Zen.)

The upgrades begin right at home base, where Matt and Savannah open the show each morning. The iconic space now has some new tricks, as it's able to rotate a full 360 degrees. The anchors can now begin their morning looking out the show's famous window on the world at the fans on the plaza. 

Orange Room Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in New York, NY (Rebecca Davis / TODAY)
Rebecca Davis / TODAY
This is the new homebase-in-progress, sans the anchor desk. It sits on a turntable that can rotate 360 degrees, allowing the anchors to open the show looking out at the plaza crowd.

We're also adding a new kind of window on the world — a virtual window, in the form of our new Orange Room, where the digital and broadcast worlds meet. 

Hosted by Carson Daly, the Orange Room will get viewers connected to the anchors and guests. 

Orange Room Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in New York, NY (Rebecca Davis / TODAY)
Rebecca Davis / TODAY
The Orange Room will feature extended interviews, and incorporate viewers' takes on the news through social media. In the words of TODAY executive producer Don Nash, it's all part of our "new hipster New York City apartment."

The one-on-one interview area has played host to some of the biggest celebrities and news makers of our time, and features a warmer, updated look. 

The studio also gets LED touchscreens, and Al Roker is super excited about it!

"We think its incredibly warm and inviting place," said Deborah Turness, president of NBC News. "It feels like home. It's our home."

Video: The new host of TODAY’s Orange Room talks about the special new area of the studio designed to “intersect” the show with what viewers are thinking online.

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