Pophouse Entertainment chooses Creative Technology as technical partner for Space Stockholm
Sweden – Located in the heart of Stockholm, Space is a digital culture center created specifically for the digital generation, bringing together the most important parts of digital culture: games, music, content creation and digital know-how, all under one roof. With more than 400 play stations, a state-of-the-art event arena for traditional and hybrid events, and creative spaces spread throughout the multi-story, 8,000m² building, Space is a hub for collaboration and innovation. As the technical partner of Pophouse Entertainment, responsible for the Space project, Creative Technology Systems Integrations (CT SI) supplied and installed a large amount of AV technology throughout the center, including LCD screens and media servers in the gaming sector, high-end -Screens in the co-working area and a huge AV installation in the event arena.
The stunning venue captures the imagination of its visitors at the entrance with a ceiling mounted 23 x 7m Samsung LED screen with 4mm pixel pitch configured as an inverted “U” delivering stunning images.
“Because the center was open to the public during installation, we started work early in the morning and had to be ready in time for the first visitors to arrive in the afternoon,” explains Fredrik Lyckman, Senior Technical Advisor at CT, who was on hand throughout the work the project was involved. “First we assembled a specially constructed steel frame and then attached the LED panels to it. We also had to consider the building’s sprinkler system, which required eight gaps between panels, which ended up being a successful design concept.”
The sheer size of the screen required four weeks of intense planning and installation, and its location required the flexible playout system of a watchout media server to handle the rotating graphics for each LED panel.
“The idea for the entrance is to immediately grab attention and show visitors what Space is all about,” says Lyckman. “The spectacular LED wall certainly helped achieve this. The response was extremely positive and visitors were immediately overwhelmed by the captivating images on the ceiling.”
For meetings and events, the arena offers ample space for a live audience with a capacity of 550 people. Capable of hosting one or two events per day, it has already proved a hit with Space clients booking the venue for their events including the FIFA eChampionship League Finals 2022 and Stockholm 50. Here, CT SI provided a huge audio and Lighting rig along with a 19m x 5m 8K curved LED screen which is one of the highest resolution screens in Northern Europe. The L-Acoustics PA system and powerful lighting rig create an unparalleled audiovisual experience for the on-site audience. The entire facility is linked to a Crestron system that can trigger functions via devices such as iPhones.
“The beauty of the installed system is that it fully prepares the arena for virtual and hybrid events, with a brand new control room equipped with the latest broadcast technologies,” continues Lyckman.
The co-working area, which extends over three floors, has both open-plan lounge-like office landscapes and traditional meeting rooms, also with technology from CT SI. Here guests can rent a work space for a day, a week, a month or longer.
“Everything about this project is extraordinary,” says Lyckman. “At CT we are used to delivering premium projects and with Space we are delivering premium to the smallest detail on an unprecedented scale.”
Lyckman adds that with projects this big, ambition needs to be curbed, but not a single detail has been compromised with Space. “It was extremely exciting for us as a supplier to work with this fantastic customer who relied on us 100 percent,” he adds.
Despite tight deadlines, only the best was good enough for Space due to the high demands of the client.
“Due to the global situation with production and transport problems, the main challenges revolved around delivery times,” concludes Lyckman. “We solved them with a number of innovative solutions and called on the resources of other parts of the CT group to meet the deadlines.
“The whole team at our Swedish office was involved in this project in one way or another. It was great to work with all our in-house know-how; There was always someone to support you in any area it was needed. Together we found the best solutions and Pophouse Entertainment, the customer and the space visitors are delighted with the result.”
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