Malmö Live

The new cultural hub of the city
Client: Skanska
Location: Malmö
Years of commission: 2011-2015
Design Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Contractor: Skanska
Competences: Project planning & management, Interior Design, Hotel & Restaurant, Kultur & Idrott, BIM & 3D illustration

Here at Tengbom, we have played a decisive role in Malmö’s new social and cultural meeting place – Malmö Live. As construction architects, we have been instrumental in completing the vision, taking the interests and desires of many stakeholders into account within the context of the approved design programme.

The concert, congress and hotel facility Malmö Live was completed in 2015 and is one of Malmö’s largest municipality transformation projects. The neighbourhood is located in the area near the Neptuni park, which has become known as a type of bridge between the new and the old parts of the city, which also houses dwellings and offices. The whole thing started when Schmidt Hammer Lassen (SHL) architects and Skanska won a land use competition. Tengbom was given the honourable task of planning the project and help completing the vision. During the entire process, we had a close and fruitful collaboration with Skanska and SHL as design architects in charge.

Greater contexts

We are gladly involved in municipality development projects of this type and work on the larger scale of things. Malmö Live, for example, has meant a lot for the business sector of the municipality, both through the creation of new jobs but it has also had larger consequences in that the building is attracting both international and local events to the city.
“We are both happy and proud of having contributed to Malmö’s new social and cultural meeting place. Our part of the project has meant that the municipality now has a suitable space and a platform to develop different types of art with everything from dance to music and theatre,” says Magnus Nilsson, architect in charge.

Photo: Joakim Lloyd Radoff
Photo: Joakim Lloyd Radoff

Cooperation yields results

The entire project is an example of a great partnership – not only between SHL, Skanska and ourselves but also within Tengbom, where experts were borrowed from Gothenburg and Helsingborg, in addition to the office in Malmö. When it comes to experience and expertise of public spaces and concert activities, we have been very lucky to dip into the Gothenburg office’s experience of the opera house in Gothenburg. The same office was also in charge of signs in the building. The Helsingborg office contributed their expertise and knowledge of detailed planning of the façade.
“In Malmö we have taken on the role of coordinating architect for technology, technical requirements, construction, ventilation, plumbing and electricity. Then there is another layer of acoustics and lighting, as well as the contractor’s implementation requirements. We also have to deal with regulatory requirements and other things such as accessibility and sustainability,” says Magnus Nilsson.

The entire project is a recipe for good collaboration.

A good partnership is the result of the will and drive of many experts to reach a common goal. The expertise to coordinate this and complete it comes from us and this is the greatest challenge.

Kitchen & Table Photo: Joakim Lloyd Radoff
Kitchen & Table Photo: Joakim Lloyd Radoff

The goal

The goal and the bigger picture mean finding sustainable solutions based on the design. We do this by performing an intensive analysis process where we take a large number of complex aspects into account in order to find the best materials for example. Of course, this is done in consultation with both clients and design architects. In this case, we argued for a few sustainable and robust materials such as solid wood, prefabricated concrete and metal. The result was sound insulated concrete walls in the concert hall and the congress hall, green roofs that take care of the storm and rainwater and solar cells producing green electricity used for the operation of the property.

Eatery Social Taquería Photo: Joakim Lloyd Radoff
Eatery Social Taquería Photo: Joakim Lloyd Radoff

From ground level to sky bar

In addition to getting the opportunity to design details in all the important rooms in the building, we have also on request by Nordic Choice developed a concept and construction documents for the restaurants Eatery Social Taqueria on the ground floor and Kitchen & Table in the sky bar of the hotel.

The team behind this project

  • Magnus Nilsson Office Manager Malmö/Helsingborg (Tengbom Öresund)
  • Bo Karlberg Architect SAR/MSA
  • Carin Synnerby Architect SAR/MSA
  • Henrik Troedsson Architect
  • Jens Dymling Architect SAR/MSA
  • Sanna Lindberg Architect MSA
  • Gabriel Ciardi Architect SAR/MSA
  • Johannes Roubert Architect SAR/MSA
  • Lovisa Ohlsson Architect SAR/MSA
  • Pierre Kull Architect
  • Martina Rahm Architect
  • Anders Nilsson Structural Engineer
  • Lina Rengstedt Architect MSA
  • Frida Öhlin Architect MSA
  • Jonathan Wolfe Architect


Emma Nilsby Practise Director Malmö +46 40 641 31 43