Custom-built solution is a hidden space-saver
Photo: Malmö Live (Adam Mörk)
Special ventilation requirements
Large-scale venues call for special ventilation to maintain comfort due to the crowds all in one place. Complexes like this are typically made up of diverse spaces, each of which is used variably and at different times. This means that differentiated ventilation is needed, depending on where in the building occupants happen to be.
Malmö Live called for a smartly designed ventilation solution due to the stringent requirements regarding air velocity, temperature and noise.
One of the most critical spaces in the building was the large concert hall. In this interior, professional musicians from around the world practice and perform, and to bring the best out in each player and instrument, the environment needs to be draught and noise free. The audience inside this type of venue is also sensitive to the indoor climate, and studies demonstrate a link between disappointing concert experiences and nuisance noise and ineffectual ventilation.
To ensure that the envisaged solution would satisfy the stringent requirements, extensive tests and full-scale trials were carried out first at Swegon’s test facility. A prototype structure of the concert hall was constructed, so that every conceivable factor could be simulated, and a raft of technical measurements and analyses were then carried out with a satisfactory outcome.
Circular air diffuser for supply air in rooms with visible duct work
In addition to the space constraints, there was also an architectural interest in keeping the needed supply air diffusers out of sight. The client challenged Swegon to come up with a solution to this.
The result was a custom-built low-impulse diffuser fitted to the leg of every one of the 1,400 audience seats.
Supplementing the custom-built low-impulse diffusers in the concert hall, Swegon’s exposed ceiling diffusers ensure a comfortable indoor climate inside the Malmö Live complex. These are installed above a louvred ceiling, again, to hide them from view.
Image above: Seating with integrated diffusers in the legs (sketch by Swegon)