Across from the Stockholm Olympic Stadium, the Royal College of Music has opened the doors to its new facilities, where Sweco’s architects have been responsible for interior design and accessibility adaptation. The watchwords that have followed the architects throughout their work are “music workshop with a gilt edge”.
Assignment: Royal College of Music (KMH)
Client: Royal College of Music (KMH)
Location: Vallhallavägen/Lidingövägen, Stockholm
Disciplines: Interior Architecture, Accessibility
Responsible interior architect: Annika Söderqvist, together with My Adamsson, Therese Alm-Backman, Vinciane Gilles and Carl Hanson
Certified accessibility expert: Monika Albertsson
Building architect: AIX
An important initial part of the project was to meet with the teachers and students and together formulate how the interior should be designed to best support the college's activities, after which the concrete proposals have taken shape. The interior architects have designed all furnishings and textiles and custom crafted the information desks and the bar in the restaurant.
The idea of "music workshop with a gilt edge" has run like a connecting threat throughout the project and these words have united the architects' work and given the building and interior a uniform expression. The results are a durable and forgiving environment for experimentation and learning in simple and robust materials.
The "gilt edge" in the form of brass details is visible in both the building and its decorative details; the flags on the facade, the ceiling of the entrance hall and shiny base of the reception desk – a nod to brass instruments and the glittering festivities when the school hosts its concert evenings.
Aside from being beautiful and functional, the college also had to meet stringent demands on accessibility, excellent sound insulation, rigorous safety and efficient fire evacuation, demands that are usually not compatible. As a result, coordination and detailing have been especially important, for example in threshold design and placement of elbow switches, exit buttons and card readers. The architects have also worked extensively with the colour scheme, since the colours' light-dark contrast is decisive for enabling people with visual impairments to orient themselves.