The aim was to create one of the most modern colleges of music in the world and at the same time to make the college a meeting place and cultural venue for the residents of Stockholm.
This meant that the building had to meet high acoustic standards. The recording rooms, studios and lecture and concert halls have to be completely soundproof. This meant that the building’s technical installations had to meet very high standards.
“It was a very interesting project, with special acoustic requirements for the practice rooms, recording studios and concert halls. It was essential that all the rooms were completely soundproof,” explains Sara Tauberman, the project manager at Caverion.
Caverion supplied the heating and sanitation, air conditioning, electricity and lighting solutions for the music studios, educational facilities and choir recital rooms. The high acoustic standards required presented the company with a number of technical challenges. For example, all the piping systems were fitted with rubber compensators and rubber rings to prevent vibration and unwanted noise. A special sealing compound which does not harden was used to keep noise levels to a minimum.
In order to ensure that everyone involved in the project understood the special requirements, the team members attended a one-hour acoustic training course. As each part of the installation work was completed, it was inspected and approved by the customer’s acoustic engineers to ensure that the new facilities complied with the high acoustic standards.
Facts about the building
All the installation work was inspected to ensure that it met the acoustic requirements.
The campus covers an area of around 16,000 m 2.
There are more than 200 soundproof rooms.
The contract had a value of around SEK 40 million. The building was completed in October 2016.
The end client is Akademiska Hus and the main contractor was NCC.
The total floor area is 21,000 m 2.
The building has a humidified climate control system which maintains a relative humidity of 40 to 60%.