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Malmo Live Building: Congress and Hotel

Concert, Congress and Hotel Complex in Sweden design by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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Malmo Live Building
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17 Nov 2016

Malmo Live in Stockholm

Design: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Location: Dag Hammarskjölds torg 4, Malmö, Sweden

Malmö Live wins World’s best Mixed-use project at the World Architecture Festival 2016

Malmo Live by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Tuesday 16 November 2016, the Malmö Live complex in Southern Sweden, designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, was announced winner of the Mixed-use Completed Buildings category at the 2016 World Architectural Festival in Berlin. Since its opening in Spring 2015, Malmö Live has become a popular cultural meeting place and landmark in the city of Malmö, offering a setting in which the spirit of the city, its diversity and intimacy receive an architectonic expression.

Concert, Congress and Hotel Complex in Sweden design by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen in team with Skanska Sweden, Nordic Choice Hotels, Akustikon and SLA won the 54,000m2 Malmö Live project in 2010. The project combines three separate typologies; hotel, congress centre and concert hall into one multifaceted entity, enabling the building to adapt to many different functions and activities. The project challenges the traditional understanding of what is considered private-public.

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The international jury commented: “Malmö Live comprises a concert hall, convention centre and hotel, and was built in a public-private partnership. It’s a public building in the best sense of the word: open to anyone. Not exclusive and very democratic. It cleverly eliminates the traditional division between front of house and back of house. It’s a real piece of the city and an important catalyst of urban regeneration. The architecture is restrained and uncompromising.”

Malmö Live Building

Malmö Live consists of cubic areas which are twisted and given different sizes to match the directions and heights of buildings in the surrounding city. The façades are designed with a homogeneous expression to make the composition appear as one architectonic sculpture. The ground floor is fully accessible to the public so people can pass through the building, whether going to a concert, congress, coffee shop, restaurant or just wanting to make a shortcut.

Swedish Concert, Congress and Hotel Complex

Earlier this year, Malmö Live was also awarded the Swedish Building of the Year award and the City of Malmö’s architectural award.

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Malmo Live Building in Sweden

Design: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Malmö Live wins Swedish Building of the Year 2016

Last night, 9 March, Malmö Live was announced winner of the Swedish Building of the Year Award 2016 (Årets Bygge). Malmö Live also scooped the award for Best Façade.

The hotel, congress and concert complex totaling 54,000m2 opened in May last year and is fast becoming a cultural landmark in central Malmö, Sweden.

Malmö Live Building

The jury stated, that Malmö Live already has found its place in the city and is appreciated by those living in Malmö.

The team was praised for managing to solve a complex situation with a construction site in the middle of existing buildings as well as a railway tunnel under construction at the site. Also, the large number of parties involved in the project provided a challenging interaction.

The facade of Malmö Live was awarded for its sculputral design and its colours, reflecting the palette of Malmö which creates a natural connection between the old city and the new building.

Malmö Live Building

28 Aug 2015

Malmö Live represents a new cultural ‘city in the city’

Malmo Live Sweden

Malmö Live is an open, expressive, dynamic building offering numerous activities within its architecture. The point of departure for the building’s design is the modern Scandinavian architectural tradition, which focuses on clear, functional organisation and an accessible, open ground floor layout. The building will become a focal point and landmark in Malmö, offering a setting in which the spirit of the city and its diversity and intimacy receive an architectonic expression.

Swedish architecture by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

“The idea was to create a ‘house of the city’ incorporating the architectonic expressions of Malmö to develop a building that will contribute to existing urban life,” says Kristian Ahlmark, Senior Partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects. He adds, “The context inspired our choice of materials and colours as well as the various sizes of the building’s areas, yet the building design itself points to the future.”

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Malmö Live is situated on Universitetsholmen in Malmö. The building consists of cubic areas that are twisted and given different sizes to match the directions and heights of buildings in the surrounding city. The facades are designed with a homogeneous expression to make the composition appear as one architectonic sculpture.

Malmo Live

The main entrance is found at the northern part of the building, which has a classic loggia motif facing the plaza in front. From the south, visitors enter the building directly from the promenade running along the canal. The different functions of the building are organised as separate elements to resemble a small city.

The lobby becomes the street, which runs through the entire ground floor and ties everything together. Like medieval cities, which had curved, narrow streets organised around plazas and squares, the lobby is designed to form small gathering places and recesses where visitors can stop, sit and enjoy the view of the canal and the park.

Malmo Live

“We have broken the building mass down into smaller entities that interact with the context. The clearly defined volumes also create a hierarchy in the way in which the building is perceived. The exterior expression uses the city’s scale and its colour and materiality as a starting point.

Here, qualitative and differentiated spaces are created around the building in conjunction with the surrounding buildings. These spaces include a common space for skating or watching football on a big screen, a green park path, a new promenade along the canal to the south and two large wooden decks that connect the water and the building,” says Kristian Ahlmark.

Malmö Live Building

Inside, 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.

Malmö Live Building

In the concert hall, the mood changes. The hall is an intimate space outfitted in oak and brass.

Malmö Live Building

“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.

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Saturday, 2 May 2015 marked the opening of Malmö Live, the new cultural centre in Malmö, Sweden. In 2010, schmidt hammer lassen architects in a team with Skanska, Nordic Choice Hotels Akustikon and SLA won a competition to design the 54,000sqm concert, congress and hotel complex. The master-plan also includes 27,000sqm for housing and commercial use.

The “official opening” of the Concert Hall will be held on 26–28 August 2015.

On 4 June 2015, the new outdoor areas within Malmö Live will be inaugurated.

Malmo Live Building – Building Information

Concert Hall: City of Malmö
Hotel and congress: Skanska Sverige AB

Area: Concert, congress and hotel: 54,000sqm
Competition: International property development competition in 2010
Status: Completed in 2015
Landscape architect: SLA
Contractor: Skanska Sverige AB
Other collaborators: Akustikon
Sustainability: Tagetting LEED Platinum

Malmo Live

Photographer: Adam Mørk

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Address: Dag Hammarskjölds torg 4, 211 18 Malmö, Sweden
Phone: +46 40 34 35 00

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