About our Studio, The Brick House
The TWiT Brick House is the name of the TWiT Studios in Petaluma California. Almost all of the Netcasts on the TWiT network are recorded there.
The TWiT Brick House replaced the former TWiT studio, The TWiT Cottage, which had housed all of TWiTs shows since 2005.
The new building cost in excess of US$1.2 million. It took over 7 months for the Studio to be built and be ready to be used for broadcasting. The first show that was broadcast from the TWiT Brick House was TWiT 311 on July 24, 2011.
- Address: 140 Keller St., Petaluma, CA, USA (Google Maps)
- 9400 sq. ft. (873 sq. m) (upstairs)
- 6000 sq. ft. (557 sq. m) (downstairs basement)
If you want to visit the Brick House and be in the studio audience, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 20 to 30 audience members can be accommodated. Shows in Leo's office have room for up to 8 audience members. Visitors will be required to sign a waiver. Refer to our Tickets page for more information.
The Bricks in the front foyer of the TWiT Brickhouse
- TWiT sold personalized bricks in the entrance lobby as a fundraiser.
- Leo's studio/office, modelled to be like the old TWiT Cottage
- The round table
- The living room
- Sky box elevated set
- Radio Corner (Leo's Ham Station and an antique AM transmitter and mixing board)
- Another glassed in office for Lisa Laporte, CEO of TWiT
- Three other offices off of the studio room
- A room for editors
- A room for producers
- A large kitchen/dining area
- A reception area with the brick Wall of Honor
- A conference room
- A loading dock with conveyor belt to the basement which is used as "Studio B" for offline recording
- A large green screen studio with cyclorama
The fire sprinklers in the basement are too low for the space to be up to code as an office area. The equipment necessary to make TWiT happen (the Tricaster, audio and video processing equipment, Streamomatic, etc) is stored in the basement, with only the control surfaces upstairs. This keeps the noisy, heat-generating equipment off the sets.
The hosts of Know How have established a "Know Hole" in the basement with space for working on projects for the show.
The basement is also used for storage.
- The name "The Brick TWiT House" was thought up by Dick DeBartolo in a Daily Giz Wiz episode where Leo and Dick were pondering a new name to replace "The TWiT Cottage". Leo described the new place as being a brick building as opposed to the wood-based TWiT Cottage.
- The building is the former home of BiAS Sound. The building has also served as a drug store, and was originally built as a furniture factory.
- The set was designed by Roger C. Ambrose (known for the "arches" Screen Savers set)
- Leo's "Dr. Evil" chair on the round table set is from Restoration Hardware.
- The TWiT Brick House is just under two blocks away from the former TWiT studio, The TWiT Cottage.
- The first show broadcast from the TWiT Brick House was TWiT 311 on July 24, 2011.
- The new building cost US$1.2 million
Walk Throughs and Images
Check out the new digs at Google Street View
- January 24: Leo's first Walk through the new TWiT Studios
- January 24: Brief walkthrough during TNT 164 preshow
- April 17: A more thorough walkthrough after TWiT 297 ends. Video starts at 1:49:24
- May 8: Leo gives Loïc Le Meur a tour of the future TWiT studio.
- May 15: In which the conveyor belt is demonstrated
- May 31: In which Brent and Chad test the jib shot
- June 15: In which we practice walking from the cottage to the new studio in less than 4 minutes
- June 15
- June 19
- June 21: Gigaom tour with Leo
- June 21: Quick walk-through after some of the furniture arrived
- June 21: In which Leo takes the switcher for a spin
- July 3
- July 14: A quick shakycam tour of the new TWiT studios - 10 days from launch
- July 14: Tech tour of the TWiT Brick House basement
- July 20: TWiT Brick House tour for Epson (High Resolution Video; YouTube mirror)
- July 23: Moving day. TWiT Brick House Studios
- TWiT Specials 87: The debut of the new TWiT Brick House Studio!