Counterpoint, Malmö cultural centre Building, Sweden

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Swedish Cultural Centre building – design by schmidt hammer lassen architects

5 May 2010

”Counterpoint” becomes Malmö’s new cultural centre

schmidt hammer lassen architects has won the competition to design a 54,000m2 concert, congress and hotel complex in Malmö, Sweden. The competition, where Snøhetta, Baumschlager Eberle and Daniel Libeskind participated, also included the development of additionally 35,000m2 for housing and commercial use. This is the second competition won by schmidt hammer lassen architects in the southern part of Sweden in 2010.

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Malmö Counterpoint images : schmidt hammer lassen architects

The 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.

”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.

From the inside, the three volumes that hold the large symphony hall, the flexible hall and the conference hall, will stand as clearly defined elements. The building shapes appear as a three dimensional composition in laminated wood with warm, red colours.

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Malmö Counterpoint images : schmidt hammer lassen architects

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.

Counterpoint Malmö cultural centre – Building Information

Client: Skanska Sverige AB
Area: Concert, congress + hotel: 54,000m2 ; Housing + commercial use: 35,000m2
Competition: 2010, International property development competition
Status: Won, Completion 2010-2014
Landscape architect: SLA
Contractor: Skanska Sverige AB
Other collaborators: Akustikon

Counterpoint Malmo building images / information from schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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