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Malmö Live
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DESIGNER
 
 
Schmidt Hammer Lassen
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CONTEXT
 
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Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Malmö Live, Counterpoint, SLA, Malmoe, Sweden
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DESCRIPTION
 
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Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Malmö Live, Counterpoint, SLA, Malmoe, SwedenThe new building complex is situated on Universitetsholmen in Malmö. The building consists of a composition of cubic volumes that are mutually twisted and given different sizes to meet the directions and building heights of the surrounding city. The facades are designed with a homogeneous expression to make the composition appear as one architectonic sculpture.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Malmö Live, Counterpoint, SLA, Malmoe, Sweden"The idea is to create a 'house of the city' that incorporates the architectonic expressions of Malmö – a building that will contribute to the existing urban life," said partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects Kim Holst Jensen, and he added, "The context has inspired our choice of materials, colours and the various sizes of the building volumes, yet the building design in itself points to the future."

The main entrance is found at the northern part of the building, with a classic loggia-motif facing the plaza in front. From the south you enter the building directly from the promenade that runs along the canal. The different functions in the building are organised like separate elements - as a little city. Here, the lobby becomes the street that runs through the whole ground floor plan and ties everything together. Like the medieval cities, with curved and narrow streets, organised around plazas and squares, the lobby is designed to form small gathering places and recesses where it is possible to stop, sit and enjoy the view to the canal and the park.

"We have created a building that has a precisely shaped expression towards its surroundings to support the idea of 'a city in the city'. As a contrast, the part of the building that faces the park and the canal is shaped more openly and organic. It is important for us to keep the ground floor open to the public, and to give the people from the city the possibility to stroll through the building if they are going to a concert, a conference, to the café or just want to make a shortcut," said associate partner, and head of the Copenhagen office at Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects, Kristian Ahlmark.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Malmö Live, Counterpoint, SLA, Malmoe, SwedenInside, three volumes hold a large symphony hall, a flexible hall and a conference hall, which are clearly defined elements that, through their mutual composition, set the tone for the musicality of the building. The three building masses have an almost-urban scale that supports the idea of 'a city within the city'. The interior is simple, consisting of rough black concrete, stone, wood and brass. The street life outside is drawn directly inside to support the open nature of the building.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Malmö Live, Counterpoint, SLA, Malmoe, SwedenIn the concert hall, the mood changes. The hall is an intimate space outfitted in oak and brass.

"We worked in very close cooperation with Akustikon to achieve two things: an absolutely world- class sound and a room with a musicality that works with the music, like sitting inside an instrument. The result is a composition of cubic elements. Each surface has a function, angle and size that supports the acoustics. Light is integrated into the walls so the mood can be changed depending on what is being performed in the hall," concludes Kristian Ahlmark.

The new cultural centre becomes an open, expressive and dynamic building that is manifold in both its activities and its architecture. The point of departure for the building design is the modern Scandinavian architectural tradition with the clear functional organisation and the accessible and open ground floor lay-out. The building becomes the focal point and a landmark for Malmö - a place where the spirit of the city, the diversity and the intimacy is given an architectonic expression.
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Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Malmö Live, Counterpoint, SLA, Malmoe, Sweden
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Sweden [Sverige]
County
Skåne
Town
Malmö
Address
Fiskehamnsgatan, Beringsgatan
 
 
Website
E-mail
info@malmolive.se
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TYPOLOGY
 
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Buildings for cultural activities
Congress and conference centre
Buildings for recreational activities
Auditoriums and music centres
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Hotels
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ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Conference halls
Residential buildings
Multiple dwelling
Commercial buildings
Bars, cafeterias
Restaurants
Other commercial buildings
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2010     project winner of competition
Realisation
2010 - 2015
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AWARDS
 
2016
World's best Mixed-use project
World Architecture Festival
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
"Malmö", Arkitektur 5/2015, september 2015, pp. 28-89
Ylva Frid, "Malmö Live", Arkitektur 5/2015, september 2015, pp. 44-49 (28-89)
Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Malmö Live, Architektur AktuellIsabella Marboe, "Malmö Live", Architektur Aktuell 426, september 2015 [Innovative Interfaces / Bauen mit Glas & Keramik], pp. 58-69, cover
Svend Kindt, "Meetingpoint Malmö. Schmidt Hammer & Lassen", Arkitekten 4/2008, p. 14
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CLIENT
 
 
Concert Hall: City of Malmö
Hotel and congress: Skanska Sverige AB
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
Concert, congress and hotel sq.m. 54,000
Housing and commercial use sq.m. 27,000
Dimensions
Concert Hall m. 45 x 23 x h. 20
Capacity
Concert Hall 1,600 seats
Consistence
Hotel 450 rooms
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
SLA
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STAFF
 
Acoustical consultant
Akustikon
Developer
Skanska Sverige AB
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Adam Mørk
Drawings © schmidt hammer lassen architects
Texts edited by schmidt hammer lassen architects
Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Malmö Live, Counterpoint, SLA, Malmoe, Sweden



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