MALMÖ LIVE: A new landmark for culture and events

In the spring of 2015 the Swedish city of Malmö was given a new landmark through the opening of the Malmö Live event centre, containing a concert hall, a convention centre and a hotel in three separate but connected buildings – an important initiative for music, culture and entertainment in Malmö.


Assignment: Concert hall, hotel and convention centre

Area of operation: Structural engineering

Location: Malmö 

Client: Skanska

Size: 90,000 square metres

Other: Winner of  Building of the Year 2016 


Sweco’s structural engineers were contracted for preparation of system documents for the entire framework and were also responsible for preparation of construction documents for the concert hall section.

It was a challenging assignment with complex structures where the controlling factors were the acoustics and architecture. One of the challenges lay in shielding the concert hall from external noise from both surrounding areas of the building and from the Malmö City Tunnel, which passes under the concert hall at a distance of only 14 metres where closest. Structure-wise, this meant that the concert hall section was essentially given its own framework – a building within the building.

The event centre has a total area of 90,000 square metres. The convention centre section has capacity for up to 1,500 participants, the concert hall seats 1,600 and the hotel has 444 rooms. Beneath the buildings is an underground car park. The hotel is 85 meters high, and on the top floor visitors can find a sky bar with spectacular views over the Öresund strait. The environmental goals were high from the start, and Malmö Live is now certified at the LEED Platinum level.

Malmö Live is the city’s second highest building and a new landmark for the city and the surrounding area.

Photo: Elin Bennewitz