Conceived as a place open to everyone, Malmö Live is manifold in both its activities and architecture. The open layout of public and shared spaces invites citizens and visitors alike inside to make use of the various facilities, linger or just pass through to cut corners. At the heart of the house is a state-of-the-art symphonic concert hall which has become a cultural engine for the area.
The unique quality of the building is that it has no rear – only fronts – making it a central meeting place that promotes connectivity and engagement across ages, interests, and activities. While some come regularly to enjoy a concert at a world-class venue, others are in town only for a few days participating in a conference. Some might just walk through the building to cut corners, while others use the many nooks and comfortable seating areas for study groups. In the summer, the wood promenade facing the canal is a popular hangout spot for both the young and the old.
Malmö Live was, from the outset, born with the intention of creating a significant building which was simultaneously present in the local, the regional and the global. A building which would contribute to the city skyline and to its evolving character as a cultural, business, and tourist destination.
The public areas throughout Malmö Live and the sheer scale of the volumes make the building a focal point in the collective space, while the direction of each sub-component reaches out to its immediate urban context and welcomes visitors from all directions. Its iconographic character and location between the harbour and historic city centre has made it a prominent focal point and landmark in Malmö. A destination which interprets the spirit, diversity, and intimacy of the city, and embraces it from all directions.